2002 issues of The Advocate
The City of Elgin, Illinois has agreed to pay $500,000 to settle longstanding complaints that its enforcement of housing codes discriminated against Latino residents.
The settlement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Department of Justice and the HOPE Fair Housing Center of Wheaton, Illinois includes a fund to compensate the victims of code enforcement discrimination. The settlement will also change the way various codes are enforced in Elgin. Inspectors will take Spanish lessons.
The California Supreme Court issued a decision in August that upholds the ability of the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission (FEHC) to award damages in fair housing cases. The 6-1 decision overturns a state court decision and a California Court of Appeals decision.
The Justice Department has settled a federal lawsuit in which three Mississippi landlords will give up management of their rental properties and pay $330,000 to resolve allegations that they used racially coded vacancy lists and telephone logs to segregate and exclude African Americans from apartment complexes, mobile home parks, and other properties.
The Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) recently approved a $6,500 settlement to resolve a complaint based on source of income discrimination. The settlement includes a $5,000 cash settlement to the plaintiff and a $1,500 donation to the Connecticut Fair Housing Center.
Norma Davis, a Stratford resident, asserted that she was denied the opportunity to rent a home, because she receives a Section 8 rental subsidy.
Kentucky Fair Housing Council complaints against the Courier & Press newspaper of Evansville, Indiana and the E.W. Scripps Company have resulted in a $20,000 settlement. The agreement resulted from a conciliation process with the Indiana Civil Rights Commission. The settlement includes payment to the Fair Housing Council for frustration of mission damages and for fair housing training for the newspapers advertising staff.
An Ohio Court of Common Pleas jury found landlords Tom and Jeannie Cennamo of Mount Vernon, Ohio guilty of sexual harassment and retaliation based on a fair housing counterclaim lawsuit filed by civil rights attorney, Andrew L. Margolius. The counterclaim, filed in the Knox County Court of Common Pleas on behalf of Jennifer Deem, alleged that Mr. Cennamo had engaged in a practice of "quid pro quo" sexual harassment, meaning that he had expected sexual favors from Deem in return for maintenance and continued tenancy.
The owners of a Tickfaw, Louisiana apartment complex will pay $30,500 in compensatory damages to an African American male student at Southeastern Louisiana University and $1,000 in civil penalties to resolve a housing discrimination lawsuit filed by the Justice Department.
The consent decree, filed January 7, 2002 in the U.S.
An African American woman who sued a Los Angeles landlord for racial discrimination in the rental of housing obtained a $100,000 settlement in July.