Justice Department Files Disability Discrimination Lawsuit Against St. Louis, Missouri, Apartment Complex

The Justice Department announced the filing of a lawsuit against Missouri-based LJLD LLC and Westminster Properties LLC, the owners, developers and builders of a multifamily housing complex in St. Louis, Missouri.


Owner of Farm Labor Contracting Company Pleads Guilty in Racketeering Conspiracy Involving the Forced Labor of Mexican Workers

Bladimir Moreno, 55, pleaded guilty in federal court in Tampa, Florida, to charges of conspiracy under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act and conspiracy to commit forced labor.


Justice Department Resolves Disability Discrimination Lawsuit Against Maryland Developer Involving Multifamily Housing Complexes

The Justice Department announced today that Maryland-based developer Stavrou Associates Inc. and related entities have agreed to pay $185,000 to settle claims that they violated the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by failing to build 11 multifamily housing complexes in Maryland with required accessible features for people with disabilities.


Two Oklahoma Men Plead Guilty to Racially-Motivated Hate Crime

The Department of Justice announced today that two men, Devan Nathanial Johnson, 28, and Brandon Wayne Killian, 31, pleaded guilty to committing a hate crime in Shawnee, Oklahoma.


Former Prisoner Transport Officer Convicted of Civil Rights Offense for Abusing Detainees in His Care

Former prisoner transport officer Anthony Buntyn, 55, was convicted of a felony civil rights offense for abusing detainees in his care.


Justice Department Secures Agreement with Lakeland Bank to Address Discriminatory Redlining

The Justice Department announced today an agreement to resolve allegations that Lakeland Bank (Lakeland) engaged in a pattern or practice of lending discrimination by “redlining” in the Newark metropolitan area, including neighborhoods in Essex, Somerset and Union counties in New Jersey. This resolution is part of the Justice Department’s nationwide Combatting Redlining Initiative and represents the third-largest redlining settlement in department history.


Westlake Financial to Pay Over $225,000 to Resolve Servicemembers Civil Relief Act Claims

The Justice Department today announced that Westlake Financial has agreed to pay over $225,000 to resolve allegations that it violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) by failing to provide qualified servicemembers with interest rate benefits for the entire period required under the SCRA and by improperly delaying approval of interest rate benefit requests.


Former Chicago Police Officer Charged With Federal Civil Rights Violation

A former Chicago Police Officer has been indicted on a federal civil rights charge for allegedly kidnapping and sexually abusing an individual while on duty.

Justice Department Settles Discrimination Claims Against Architect of Pennsylvania Senior Living Facilities

The Justice Department announced that J. Randolph Parry Architects P.C. (Parry) has agreed to settle a federal lawsuit alleging that it violated the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by failing to design and construct senior living facilities to be accessible to people with disabilities.


Justice Department Announces Actions to Resolve Lending Discrimination Claims Against Evolve Bank & Trust

The Justice Department today announced it has secured an agreement to resolve allegations that Evolve Bank & Trust, which is headquartered in Memphis, engaged in lending discrimination on the basis of race, sex and national origin in the pricing of its residential mortgage loans from at least 2014 through 2019.


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