Did the Town of Parsippany Housing Department force you to leave your home because you had a child? You may have been a victim of discrimination!
Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 contains the federal Fair Housing Act. The law, amended in 1974 and again in 1978, prohibits housing discrimination against a person affected by any of these seven categories: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability and familial status—whether or not you have children. Those within these groups are considered “protected classes” under the act and its amendments, meaning discrimination against them in housing and public accommodations is against the law.
If you're being evicted from your home because having a baby put you in violation of Parsippany's maximum occupancy ordinance, you may qualify for redress under the Fair Housing Act. You can file a housing discrimination complaint at the Department of Housing and Urban Development website.
If your case goes to an administrative hearing, HUD attorneys will litigate the case on your behalf. You may intervene in the case and be represented by your own attorney if you wish. An administrative law judge will consider evidence from you and the respondent. If the ALA decides that discrimination occurred, the respondent can be ordered:
- To compensate you for actual damages, including humiliation, pain and suffering.
- To provide injunctive or other equitable relief, for example, to make the housing available to you.
- To pay the Federal Government a civil penalty to vindicate the public interest.The maximum penalties are $16,000 for a first violation and $65,000 for a third violation within seven years.
- To pay reasonable attorney's fees and costs.
Remember each family may act individually.
This information may be valuable for Parsippany families who now or in the past have been affected by the town's anti-stacking ordinance.