Rosalee Chiara


The Supreme Court in Trafficante v. Metropolitan life Insurance Co. has held that tenants having standing under Tile VIII of the 1968 Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. §3610(a), §3610(d) and 42 U.S.C. §19824 to sue their landlord for its alleged discriminatory rental practices.5 Plaintiffs, one black and one white, were tenants of an apartment complex in San Francisco whose tenant population of approximately 8,200 people was less than one percent black. The complaint alleged a variety of discriminatory rental practices directed toward non-white rental applicants and stated that plaintiffs had been injured in three respects. They claimed that they had lost the social benefits of living in an integrated community; that they had missed business and professional advantages which would have accrued if they had lived with members of minority groups; and that they had suffered embarrassment and economic damage by being classed as residents of a white ghetto.