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DC Wins Largest-Ever Civil Penalty in US Housing Discrimination Suit

Three real estate companies will pay a record-setting $10 million settlement for discriminating against renters with Section 8 housing vouchers. 

DC Attorney General Karl Racine in 2019. 

DC Attorney General Karl Racine in 2019. 

Photo: Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Three real estate companies operating in Washington, DC, will pay record-breaking penalties in a suit brought by the city for illegally discriminating against tenants who use Section 8 vouchers and other forms of housing assistance.

The attorney general for the District of Columbia, Karl Racine, announced on Thursday a settlement for $10 million. While fair housing cases involving lenders have resulted in larger compensation payouts, $10 million is the largest civil penalty ever levied in a housing discrimination case.