The existance of a shortage of adequate housing in the United States has further intensified the problems of those who suffer most when there is a shortage of anything-the minority groups. ... Contributing to the awareness of the public is the salient fact that within the last ten years there has been a consistent increase in the number of court cases dealing with housing discrimination. The scope of these cases has expanded from what had been a broad interpretation of public accommodation statutes to the award of damages, both compensatory and punitive, for private acts of discrimination which allegedly precipitated mental suffering on the part of the complainant. A more efficient means of handling such cases is on the horizon with the advent of the use of an administrative agency adjudicating the disputes and awarding damages.
James A. Ciocia,
Damages in Housing Discrimination Cases,
19 Clev. St. L. Rev.
available at http://engagedscholarship.csuohio.edu/clevstlrev/vol19/iss1/13