Justice Department settlement will resolve disability-based housing discrimination lawsuit
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced its largest-ever disability-based discrimination settlement with a Texas-based housing developer, JPI Construction L.P. The DOJ originally filed the lawsuit in 2009 after it conducted an investigation and found accessibility barriers at various JPI properties constructed for multifamily housing complexes throughout the United States. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas ordered JPI to pay $10,250,000 into an accessibility fund to provide retrofits at properties built by JPI and to increase the number of accessible housing in the communities where these properties are located. JPI will also pay a $250,000 civil penalty.