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US tells Household Finance it must end bias on loans

The Justice Department obtained a court order Wednesday requiring Household Finance Corporation, one of the nation's largest consumer cash lenders, to refrain from discriminating against women, unmarried people, and people receiving public assistance.

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The order, in the form of a consent decree, resolves a civil suit filed at the same time in which the government charged HFC with violating the Equal Credit Opportunity Act.

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