1994

1994 issues of The Advocate

Baltimore Federal Court Reaffirms Tester Standing To Sue Over Lot Sale

In a race discrimination suit scheduled for trial in November, the federal district court for Maryland rearmed the standing of testers and a private fair housing organization to sue under the Fair Housing Act of 1968. The standing of two of the plaintiffs in that case, the black tester and Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc. (BNI), had been challenged by the defendants, Stephen Homes, Inc.

Detroit Rental Manager Settles Race Suit for $300,000

The Fourmidable Group (TFG), one of the largest multifamily rental management companies in Michigan, has agreed to a settlement of the racial discrimination lawsuit filed in 1992 by Hitten and Tracey Zaveri and the Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit (FHC). Terms of the settlement with the Zaveris were not released. A "Consent Order" was recently tiled with U.S. District Judge Barbara K. Hackett that spells out the terms of the settlement between TFG and FHC. FHC Cooperating Attorney Victoria A.

Akron Jury Awards $70,000 for Sexual Harassment

An Akron Ohio federal court jury awarded $70,000 to an Akron woman who accused her landlord of repeatedly groping her and later evicting her because she would not grant him sexual favors.

After a three-day trial in U.S. District court in Akron, the jury decided that landlord Jim Bellissimo broke fair housing laws through sexual discrimination against Melissa McGill. The jury of six men and two women in U.S. District Judge David Dowd's court also ruled that Bellissimo, 70, had committed assault and battery, according the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Sexual Harassment: Oregon Legal Aid Case Settled For $28,000

Multnomah County Legal Aid Service and private attorney Zachary Zabinsky have settled for $28,000 a case involving sexual harassment of a female tenant by the manager of an apartment complex in Portland, Oregon. The federal district court case, brought under the Fair Housing Act and state law, was settled in July, 1994. The plaintiff would prefer to remain anonymous. The defendants were W. Whitmore, the apartment complex manager, and A. Kamasz, the owner of the complex.

The plaintiff, a Cambodian immigrant, moved into the apartment complex managed by Mr.

7th Circuit Upholds Fort Wane & Indiana Laws Which Prohibit Insurance Redlining

The Fort Wayne, Indiana, city human relations commission was authorized under both its own ordinance and the state fair housing act to investigate claims of insurance redlining, the 7th Circuit ruled in May.

A white homeowner, Richard Kesterke, filed a complaint with the Fort Wayne Metropolitan Human Relations Commission (Metro) alleging that United Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Co.

Vidor Woman Told to Pay $300,000 for Racial Abuse

HUD Chief Administrative Law Judge Alan W. Heifetz has ordered a Vidor, Texas, woman to pay more than $300,000 because of her "relentless campaign of intimidation" against a black man and his white friend in a public housing complex. Judge Heifetz ruled, July 26, that Edith Marie Johnson, 47, taunted fellow public housing resident Bill Simpson with racial slurs and threatened his life. Heifetz also ruled that Johnson threatened the life of Ross Dennis, a white man who had befriended Simpson at Alan W. Heifea the Vidor Village complex.

National Housing Mobility Conference October 21-22 In Washington D.C.

The first national conference on Housing Mobility As an Anti- Poverty Strategy will be held October 21-22 in Washington, D. C.

The conference will provide an in-depth examination of housing mobility programs. Mobility programs expand the range of residential options available to low income families living in inner cities. Research has proven that housing mobility programs improve the life opportunities of low income families and promote socioeconomic and racial integration. Findings of a new study, commissioned by the conference, will be presented.

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