Center files suit against Palm Beach landlord over familial status discrimination

(Palm Beach County, Fla., Nov. 20, 2001) -- The Fair Housing Center of the Greater Palm Beaches (FHC) has filed a federal lawsuit against a residential property owner in Palm Beach County Florida. The lawsuit alleges that Roger Quisenberry, owner and manager of over fifteen residential properties throughout Palm Beach County, discriminates against families with children, in violation of the federal Fair Housing Act.

The lawsuit is the result of a complaint filed with the FHC by a mother with minor child, alleging that Quisenberry refused to rent them a two bedroom unit in the City of West Palm Beach. An FHC undercover testing investigation confirmed the allegation. Federal, state and local fair housing laws make it illegal to deny housing to families with children, except when a housing provider can certify that their facility falls within the 55 or older category of housing for older persons. A new state law requires that all communities representing themselves as such, register with the state of Florida. This lawsuit has one clear message, "Don’t Lock Out Our Kids," stated Bobbie Fletcher, Vice President of the FHC. The Plaintiffs are represented by S. Melvin Kociubes Esq., Volunteer Litigation Coordinator of the FHC.

The Fair Housing Center of the Greater Palm Beaches is the first and only local community-based non-profit fair housing organization in Palm Beach County Florida, a HUD Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) and a member of the National Fair Housing Alliance.

Contact: Vince Larkins, (561) 533-8717