WVXU: Lawsuit claims city’s tax break program for homeowners is discriminatory

A group of Black residents in Cincinnati has filed a lawsuit against the city of Cincinnati alleging discrimination in how tax abatements are granted. The suit claims the city is more segregated because of the way tax abatements are handed out. A federal judge tossed out claims of intentional discrimination but is allowing a claim that the policy has a disparate impact on minority homeowners to go forward. Cincinnati Edition’s Michael Monk spoke with Nate Ela PhD, assistant professor of political science and law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law and Dan Horn, an investigative reporter with the Cincinnati Enquirer about the lawsuit. “There is a lot of precedent for bringing this type of disparate impact claim under the Fair Housing Act,” says Ela.

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