A mortgage company has agreed to settle a federal complaint for $750,000 after being accused that it discriminated against women on maternity leave. The complaint was brought by the Department of Housing and Urban Development against Cornerstone Mortgage based in Houston, Texas with offices in 14 states. Cornerstone is accused of having violated the Fair Housing Act. The Department of Housing and Urban Development is currently investigating about 25 to 30 women’s cases which have come forward from other lenders. See: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/01/your-money/mortgages/01mortgage.html?ref=discrimination
The Fair Housing Act protects borrowers from being discriminated against based on maternity leave if the borrower can demonstrate that she intends to return to work and can otherwise continue to meet the income requirements to qualify for a loan. Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discriminatory lending based on sex, disability and family status, including pregnancy or simply having children, among other things.
Additionally, with respect to labor, disability discrimination can come in many forms. It can consist of comments about a disability made by another employee leading to an adverse employment action against the injured employee. Other forms include when an employer fails to promote or terminates an employee’s job when the employee is able to perform the essential functions of the job with reasonable accommodation, and the employer refuses to accommodate the disability.
The attorneys at Leeds, Morelli & Brown, P.C. are experienced in all matters of discrimination, racial profiling, hate crimes, harassment and bigotry. For any questions concerning discriminatory matters, contact an attorney at the Leeds Morelli & Brown P.C. law firm for a free consultation at 1-888-556-2529. Leeds Morelli & Brown P.C.’s divorce website is located at www.lbdivorcelaw.com.