2002

2002 issues of The Advocate

Florida housing provider to pay $30,000 and receive fair housing training after turning away single mom

A Florida landlord has agreed to pay $30,000 to settle complaints of family status discrimination at his 15 rental properties throughout Palm Beach County. The settlement ends the litigation of a November 2001 federal lawsuit filed by a single mother with one child and the Fair Housing Center of the Greater Palm Beaches, a private nonprofit fair housing enforcement and education agency.

According to the plaintiffs, landlord Roger Quisenberry refused to rent a two-bedroom apartment  to Leslie Ann Gordon-Hill and her young child.

Lexington Fair Housing Council Director Teresa Isaac wins Lexington, KY mayoral election

Teresa Isaac, the executive director of the Lexington Fair Housing Council (LFHC) in Kentucky, has won the city’s nonpartisan mayoral race. Isaac, a former vice mayor of Lexington, has been the director of the LFHC since April 1999. She won the November 5 election with 51 percent of the vote.

Isaac was the first executive director of the LFHC, since it was spun off from the Kentucky Fair Housing Council, its sister organization in Louisville.

Racial voice profiling costs Illinois landlords $10,000 in settlement with HOPE Fair Housing Center

The HOPE Fair Housing Center in Wheaton, Illinois has accepted $10,000 to settle a racial discrimination complaint involving “racial voice profiling.” The Center accused housing providers Mark and Sophia Romano of discriminating against homeseekers who sounded African American on the telephone. The Romanos will be required to attend a HOPE fair housing training session and submit to a testing program conducted by the Center.

The Romanos own and manage two apartment buildings in Mount Prospect, Illinois.

“No kids outside” rule costs California landlord $40,012 in damages, sanctions, and attorneys’ fees

In a case where a landlord prohibited children from playing in the courtyard of a Glendale, California apartment complex, a federal judge has granted two plaintiffs and the Southern California Housing Rights Center (HRC) a permanent injunction and $40,012 in compensatory damages, sanctions, and attorneys’ fees. An August ruling by the federal court awarded  compensatory damages to the plaintiffs.

California landlords pay $390,000 to settle race,national origin, and sex discrimination claims

In August, the owners and managers of two apartment complexes in Riverside, California agreed to pay $390,000 in damages and penalties to settle allegations that they sexually harassed female tenants and discriminated against African-American and Latino tenants. The settlement resolved a Justice Department lawsuit filed in federal district court.

The defendants in the lawsuit include the owners, William David Wingo and Karen Wingo Cipriano, and their apartment manager, Vincent “Vinnie” Stancyk.

Chicago Commission orders apartment owner to pay $3,750 for the harassment of mixed race family

The Chicago Commission on Human Relations has ordered the owner of an apartment building to pay $3,500 as compensatory emotional distress damages to resolve a complaint of racial discrimination against him.

Russell Hyman, who owned the building from 1993 or 1994 until mid-1997, is also being ordered to pay $250 to the City of Chicago for violating the Chicago Fair Housing Ordinance.

Two Michigan men collect $20,000 settlement from Ann Arbor landlords in sex discrimination case

Two Michigan men, Shannon Moody and Robert Stowe, accepted $20,000 in September to settle their federal sex discrimination lawsuit against a pair of Ann Arbor landlords. According to the suit, Roland and Joan Frey refused to rent their Potter Avenue apartment to the two men because of their sex.

Moody and Stowe contacted the Fair Housing Center (FHC) of Washtenaw County to report the incident of discrimination. The Center dispatched male and female testers to the site to corroborate the men’s story. Tests supported the claim of discrimination based on sex.

Disabled Connecticut man wins $22,200 settlement in reasonable accommodation dispute with landlord

In August, the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) approved a $22,200 settlement to resolve a complaint based on a landlord’s failure to reasonably accommodate a physically disabled resident. The settlement includes $18,500 paid to the complainant and $3,700 for attorney fees.

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