Reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision Thursday on disparate impact varied widely and often reflected the experiences of the speaker. Groups that represented people who have faced housing discrimination favored the ruling, while lenders were critical of it.

In Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that that the Fair Housing Act allows plaintiffs to cite disparate impact when making discrimination cases under the Fair Housing Act. Disparate Impact is the controversial doctrine that determines whether a policy is discriminatory regardless of its intent.

 

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