Federal housing discrimination lawsuit filed in Palm Beach County, Fla.

Greater Palm Beaches, Inc.
Contact:  Vince Larkins, President/CEO
1300 W. Lantana Rd. Ste. 100
Lantana, FL. 33462
Phone:(561) 533-8717
Facsimile:(561) 533-8163

(Palm Beach County, FL, July 10, 2000) -- Fair Housing Cooperating Attorneys for the Fair Housing Center of the Greater Palm Beaches, Inc.(FHC), have filed a Federal lawsuit against Sami J. Baghdady, Edgar White and the Cedar Crest Homeowners Association, Inc. The suit charges that Baghdady, White and the Association discriminates against Blacks and families with children.
     The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Ms. Cheyenne Seymour and her minor child, after Ms. Seymour filed a complaint alleging that she and her child were refused an apartment by White, who put in writing, "No Children." Undercover testing confirmed both familial status and race discrimination. After being counseled on all of her legal options, Ms. Seymour filed a complaint with the Palm Beach County Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO), which has governmental jurisdiction to enforce fair housing laws in Palm Beach County. The Director of the Palm Beach County Office of Equal Opportunity, Harry Lamb, issued a determination finding that their had been a violation of Palm Beach County fair housing laws. Efforts to conciliate were unsuccessful and Ms. Seymour chose to file in federal court.
     The Federal Fair Housing Act, Florida Fair Housing Act and Palm Beach County Fair Housing Ordinances make it illegal to refuse to rent to families with children, and on the basis of race. The OEO and the FHC work in partnership to educate housing providers, electronic/print media, the general public and those who are protected, on their rights and responsibilities under Federal, state and local fair housing laws." This case and partnership stand as a role model for governmental fair housing agencies and private non-profit fair housing agencies. Thru working in a pro-active and non-duplicating manner we save taxpayers thousands", said Vince Larkins, President/CEO of the Fair Housing Center.
     The plaintiffs are represented by FHC cooperating attorneys Micheal Patrick Maher and Anthony P. Ryan, Attorneys at law, who specialize in fair housing litigation.