The Disparate Impact rule is a Department of Housing & Urban Development regulation that allows people to sue financial institutions, insurance, companies, and housing providers when their housing practices are discriminatory in impact, and not just intent. The Trump Administration has, to nobody's surprise, just introduced a proposed rule that would unwind these civil rights protections. They would severely shift the burden of proof in a way that housing advocates say would make it "impossible" to sue, while making it easier for institutions and landlords to discriminate through the use of biased algorithms.
A coalition of housing advocates and civil rights groups have put together an easy way to leave a comment against this proposed rule change. Regulatory comments can slow down the process of changing a rule and are cited in lawsuits that can overturn a harmful rule! Please click the following link to leave a comment:
Seattle Indivisible Meeting
Tuesday, Sep. 3, 7:00 pm – Seattle Indivisible Meeting (1st & 3rd Tuesdays):
At the Washington State Labor Council in the Central District, 321 16th Avenue. This meeting venue is wheelchair-accessible, and can be reached by King County Metro buses 7, 14, 27, and 106, and the First Hill Streetcar.