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Chicago nonprofit group appeals Craigslist decision

Appeal claims classified site not exempt from Fair Housing Act
Published on Oct 12, 2007

A Chicago nonprofit is asking a federal appeals court to reconsider whether Craigslist is immune from charges that the online classified service violates the Fair Housing Act by allowing users to post discriminatory housing advertisements. The Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law sued Craigslist in February 2006, after monitoring posts on the company's Chicago site for sixth months and finding statements the group alleged were discriminatory in more than 200 ads for rental housing. The ads flagged by the Lawyers' Committee included statements such as, "Requirements: Clean Godly Christian Male," "Non-Women of Color NEED NOT APPLY," and "No children." The Fair Housing Act makes it illegal "to make, print, or publish ... any notice or statement with respect to the sale or rental of a dwelling that indicates any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability or family status." While newspapers routinely screen cla...

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