Fair Housing Council of Central New York Press Release

The Fair Housing Council has filed a suit in federal court against Long-Island-based Brookwood Management Company for discrimination at its Liverpool apartment complex, Brookwood Village. The suit charges that the company discriminates against families with children.

"This is a blatant case of familial status discrimination," said Merrilee Witherell, executive director for the Council. "They have segregated   families with
access to the amenities of the complex."

Undercover investigators for the Council found that adults are given the option of residing in any apartment within the complex, including those apartments with garages and dishwashers. Families with children, however, were denied access to the "Atrium" apartments, which are the only units to
include dishwashers and garage space.

The Federal Fair Housing Act, which was passed in 1968 and amended in 1988, makes it illegal to refuse to rent to families with children, and prohibits such forms of discrimination as offering them different terms or conditions of rental than those offered to others. Under the law, familial status protection is offered to families with minor children, pregnant women, and to anyone trying to secure custody of a child.