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August 2018 Archives

Lawsuit accuses Facebook of enabling housing discrimination

Facebook allows advertisers to target or exclude certain demographic groups within Michigan and nationwide. When applied to housing ads, this practice can amount to discrimination according to a lawsuit against the social media company from the National Fair Housing Alliance and three other advocacy groups. The secretary of the Housing and Urban Development has also expressed concern about the apparently discriminatory practices enabled by Facebook that prevent people from viewing ads for available housing.

Former co-defendants now on opposing sides

People who have to look out for their professional or business interests know that many things can change a person's perspective at any time. Who may seem a strong ally one moment could well end up as an adversary down the road. Such seems to be the case for two professional fighters as one of them has just initiated legal action against the other in Cook County, Illinois. 

HUD seeks change in fair housing rules for localities

Many people in Michigan and across the country are watching with interest ongoing developments in fair housing law. In August, the Department of Housing and Urban Development began to make changes to the rules that guide local jurisdiction in compliance with and enforcement of the Fair Housing Act. Earlier in the year, the Trump administration had suspended a rule drafted by the Obama administration that was intended to assist local areas in meeting their obligations under the FHA to avoid housing discrimination and provide options for affordable housing.

Business' options under new tax law

Business owners in and around Chicago or Detroit know that they have to watch their bottom line and many things go into this. Taxes are one of the factors that can make a big difference to a company's profitability and vice versa. In light of the new tax law that went into effect this year, some companies might be looking at making some changes to take maximum advantage of the law or to avoid paying even more tax.

Couple files lawsuit after being barred by senior community

Michigan residents may be aware that the Fair Housing Act protects individuals against discrimination based on gender and other attributes. However, a Missouri retirement community called Friendship Village recently rejected a lesbian married couple citing the fact that they were married. This was after they toured the facilities and made a $2,000 deposit. Friendship Village reportedly believes that marriage is between a man and a woman as stated in the Bible.

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