Boston, MA

Woman sues Stonehill College over roommate's sexual activity Read more:

March 01, 2012
A former Stonehill College is suing the private Catholic school in Easton for $150,000, saying she was driven into a deep depression by a roommate who had sex in her presence and that the college refused to move her into a single room.
     Lindsay Blankmeyer of New York filed a lawsuit against the school in federal court in Boston Wednesday. She claims the school violated the federal Rehabilitation Act, the Fair Housing Act and various Massachusetts laws against discrimination by denying her requests for a new room.

Mass. landlord agrees to disability policies

November 03, 2011
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced Wednesday that one of the state's largest residential landlords has agreed to implement new policies to resolve allegations that the company discriminated against a tenant with disabilities.
     Managers at AvalonBay Communities Inc.'s Avalon at Bedford Center property allegedly failed to install requested grab bars in the tenant's bathroom in a timely manner, resulting in the tenant injuring herself.
     "Avalon will be putting safeguards in place to ensure that this will never happen again," Coakley said. "Massachusetts law requires landlords to engage in an interactive process with their tenants with disabilities and to do so quickly. Undue delays and failing to follow up can have significant negative consequences. Landlords have to follow through in order to meet their obligations under the law."

Quincy real estate company fined for discriminating against families with young children

June 30, 2011
A Quincy real estate company has paid a fine and will implement an employee training program to settle allegations that it discriminated against prospective tenants with children.
     Central Real Estate NQ and agent Elizabeth Forde paid $5,000 to the Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston and $2,500 to the state.
     The attorney general's office said the company and Forde violated state anti-discrimination, consumer protection, and lead paint laws by refusing to show apartments with lead paint to prospective tenants with young children.

Coakley settles with real estate companies

June 13, 2011
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced settlements on Friday with two real estate companies for violations of state anti-discrimination laws.
     Top Real Estate & Development Inc., a Lynn-based real estate company, its agent and its property landlords resolved allegations that they violated state anti-discrimination and lead paint laws by refusing to rent or show an apartment to a pregnant woman.
     Under the terms of the assurance of discontinuance, the company, real estate agent Phyllis Ricci and property owners John Paine and Margaret Anne Paine are required to abide by state and federal fair housing and anti-discrimination laws, report to Coakley's office if further complaints are lodged against them, make a monetary payment of $2,000 to the commonwealth and the alleged victim, and attend anti-discrimination and housing training to ensure that they conduct business in a way that comports with the law and treats all prospective and current buyers, sellers and tenants fairly.

NAACP Boston launches local complaint initiatives

May 28, 2011
The Boston branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is reviving its traditional advocacy for victims of racial discrimination after a 15-year hiatus when such activism nearly disappeared amid low membership and inactivity.
     Michael Curry, president of the Boston Branch NAACP, said the chapter is set to relaunch a number of initiatives that would address charges of racial bias in employment, education, housing and public accommodations.
     Curry said by not addressing complaints, the branch has sent a message that discrimination is no longer a problem.
     "We get a lot of discrimination complaints...many of them never make it to the right agencies or see the light of day," said Curry. "If the Boston branch were to publish all the complaints it receives, people would see the level of discrimination that is still out there."

Rental company paying up in discrimination suit

May 13, 2011
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced a consent judgment on Thursday with rental property owner AvalonBay Communities Inc., over alleged discrimination of a tenant with young children.
     A complaint filed in Suffolk Superior Court on Wednesday alleged that beginning in November 2009, a tenant at Avalon made repeated, unreasonable and unsubstantiated complaints about noise made by another tenant's children. The alleged offending tenant made efforts to address the concerns, but Avalon allegedly served the tenant with a notice to evict the tenant and her two small children.
     The complaint alleges that the neighbor complained about noise when the children were not even in the apartment. Avalon is accused of engaging in discrimination against a family with children, which is a violation of federal and state fair housing laws.

Coakley announces settlements

May 02, 2011
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced on Friday that she has reached settlements with a real estate company, an apartment owner and the former operator of a motor vehicle inspection station.
     The Centre Realty Group agreed to pay $10,000 to a prospective tenant who was allegedly unfairly discriminated against after the company found out the prospective tenant received public housing and had small children, the latter of which would require the owner to eliminate lead hazards.
     In addition, the company will pay $1,500 to the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and $1,000 to the commonwealth as part of an assurance of discontinuance. Employees at Centre Realty Group will also receive fair housing training, abide by state and federal housing and anti-discrimination laws, and notify the Civil Rights Division of housing discrimination complaints for the next two years.

Natick company reaches agreement with AG in discrimination case

February 25, 2011
A Natick company whose employee told a disabled woman they don't rent to disabled people has reached an agreement with the Massachusetts Attorney General's office.
     The judgment between the attorney general's office, Natick-based Franchi Management Company, Inc., and Marsha Lenhoff, an assistant property manager at Babcock Tower, which is an apartment building in Boston, was filed Wednesday in Suffolk Superior Court.
     The judgment resolves allegations that the management company and Lenhoff discriminated against a disabled woman when they said they would not provide services to those with disabilities.

Coakley sues trio over housing bias

January 06, 2011
A Boston real estate management company, its agent, and a property owner are being sued by Attorney General Martha Coakley who says they violated the state’s antidiscrimination law.
     Coakley’s office filed a complaint in Suffolk Superior Court this week claiming that Mediate Management Company, agent Deborah Kooring, and property owner Fenway Buttrick LLC refused to renew a family’s lease on an apartment last year after the family asked that the property be inspected for lead contamination. A young child was living in the apartment at the time.

Condo group to pay $150,000 in child-bias case

November 25, 2010
Families with children living in condominium developments have the same rights to use common spaces as their childless neighbors.
     That’s the message the US Department of Justice hopes will be conveyed across the country by the announcement that a Methuen condo association will pay $150,000 to settle allegations it discriminated against residents with children who played Wiffle Ball and tag in common areas.
     Stonecleave Village Association Inc. this week agreed to pay $130,000 to victims and $20,000 in civil penalties as part of the agreement with the Justice Department related to claims the association imposed excessive fines on families whose children allegedly violated its rules. The condo board also agreed to undergo training about the Fair Housing Act.


Subscribe to RSS - Boston, MA