hud_300x200The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has reached a settlement with a New Jersey mortgage lender over allegations the lender discriminated against loan applicants with disabilities by requiring them to provide additional information about their disability.

“Applicants who are otherwise qualified for a home loan may not have additional requirements placed on them because of a disability,” said Gustavo Velasquez, HUD’s assistant secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. “We are pleased that this national mortgage lender is making a commitment to comply with its obligation to treat persons with disabilities the same way they treat those who are not disabled.”

In 2013, HUD filed a complaint against the Freedom Mortgage Corp.,