Massachusetts Case Reveals Impact of Supreme Court’s Disparate Impact Decision

Massachusetts Case Reveals Impact of Supreme Court’s Disparate Impact Decision



A recent ruling by Massachusetts’ highest state court relied on an analysis of the June 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. (ICP). In that case, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a state’s “Qualified Allocation Plan” (QAP) implemented by an allocating agency violates the Fair Housing Act if it “disparately impacts” a protected minority even though the allocating agency did not intend to discriminate.

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