Tom's Work On: Fair Housing

Under Perez’s leadership, the Department of Justice reached three of the largest fair lending settlements in its history. In fiscal year 2012, the Department reached the three largest residential fair lending settlements in the history of the Fair Housing Act, including landmark cases against Countrywide Financial and Wells Fargo.

82 Civil and Human Rights Groups Back Perez Nomination

A coalition of 82 national organizations representing the broad diversity of our country recently called on the Senate to swiftly confirm Tom Perez to be Labor Secretary.

In their joint letter to the Senate, the groups point to Perez’s leadership of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice as a key factor in their endorsement, stating that “Mr. Perez helped build consensus with stakeholders to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society….He has also been a tireless champion of voting rights, disability rights, equal educational equity, and has prosecuted some of the most heinous hate crimes in recent memory. ”

Read the letter here.

Mother Jones on St. Paul Housing Case

Mother Jones reporter Adam Serwer writes that landlords in St. Paul, MN were using the “disparate impact” standard to avoid apartment maintenance requirements.

“Republicans are expected to fiercely oppose President Barack Obama’s nomination of Thomas Perez, the assistant attorney general for civil rights and one of the more prominent progressives in his administration, to head the Labor Department. Already, Perez’s GOP foes have accused him of corruption concerning a deal he helped forge in the Justice Department. This agreement prevented an unusual Minnesota housing discrimination case from going to the Supreme Court, and the full backstory—which Perez’s critics haven’t acknowledged—is a bizarre tale of legal complexities in which landlords tried to use a major civil rights law to protect themselves from city regulations meant to improve living conditions for low-income residents.”

Read the full story here.