Issue: Sex discrimination by lenders
Victim of Pregnancy Discrimination?
Lieff Cabraser is investigating complaints that mortgage lenders have denied loans on the basis that the borrower is pregnant or a new mother on maternity leave.
The New York Times in 2013 reported that over the past three years, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has been investigating dozens of complaints against banks and mortgage loan companies who allegedly refused to approve mortgages because a spouse or partner was pregnant or on maternity leave. Such a practice may constitute a violation of federal fair housing laws.
Since the government’s investigations began, according to The New York Times, several lenders, including PNC Mortgage, Cornerstone Mortgage and Bank of America, have reached agreements to settle complaints of discrimination.