Various lenders across the country are settling lawsuits based on the fact tat they have denied mortgage loans to women solely because they are pregnant or on temporary maternity leave.  The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has found that in California, the Lending Tree Loans Company will pay $15,000 to a woman who claimed her application to refinance her mortgage was denied because she was on maternity leave.  Additionally, the HUD found that Magna Bank in Nashville, Tennessee must another woman $14,085 for stating that she would be required to return to work before her loan application could close.  Both lenders denied any violations of the Fair Housing Act or any law.  See full article

Pregnancy discrimination is violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which was amended by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA).  PDA is a federal anti-discrimination law which prevents for employers from refusing to hire pregnant women, from firing pregnant women, and from treating pregnant women any differently because of their pregnancy.  Read More

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