2002

2002 issues of The Advocate

Illinois city will pay $500,000 for selectively enforcing building codes against Latinos

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.

NAHRW annual meeting scheduled for October; Judge Nathaniel Jones to speak on October 30

Human Rights: The Cornerstone of Democracy - the 55th Annual Meeting and Training Conference of the National Association of Human Rights Workers will be held October 26-31, 2002 at the Marriott Town Center in Charleston, WV. Registration fees are $285 for Skill-Building sessions and $485 for Leaders Institutes.

Mississippi landlords pay $330,000 and give up management of properties to settle race case

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.

Realty company pays $6,500 to CT woman and fair housing center in source of income complaint

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.

Scripps Co. and Evansville, IN newspaper to pay $20,000 to Kentucky FHC for discriminatory ads

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 newspaper’s advertising staff.

Ohio woman wins $31,452 in fair housing counterclaim for sexual harassment, eviction

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.

Greater New Orleans FHAC settles race case for $30,500 and family case for $27,500

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.

Connecticut city and fire department to pay $271,000 in judgments and fees in disability case

Oxford House, a group home for recovering addicts in New Haven, Connecticut, received a $37,000 judgment and more than $234,000 in legal fees and costs following an eight-day trial in the United States District Court, District of Connecticut. According to a 70-page ruling by District Judge Gerard L.

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