Lawsuit filed in Palm Beach County for national origin and familial status discrimination

Palm Beach County, FL. November 1, 2002-The Fair Housing Center of the Greater Palm Beaches (FHC) has filed a federal housing discrimination lawsuit in Palm Beach County Florida. The suit was filed against The Keyes Company "Boca West Office", Michael I. Pappas, broker and President; Fran Cooper, branch manager; Jane F. Sendzik, real estate salesperson; and Sandlefoot Cove, Section #1, Inc., the property owners Association for the Sandlefoot Mobile  Home Park. 

The lawsuit alleges discrimination against families with children and Haitian and Hispanic homeseekers, in violation of the Fair Housing Act.

The lawsuit is the result of a complaint filed with the FHC by a mother with a minor child, alleging that Sendzik refused to sale her a home because she has a child. An FHC undercover testing investigation confirmed the allegation, as well as discrimination on the basis of national origin. The complainants filed an administrative complaint with the local Office of Equal Opportunity and HUD and subsequently withdrew their complaint in order to pursue a civil action in federal court.

Federal, state and local fair housing laws make it illegal to deny housing based on national origin. In addition, the law protects families with children from discrimination, 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. The Plaintiffs are represented by FHC Litigation Coordinator Michael F. Amezaga Esq.

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. Individuals who believe that they may have been the victim of discrimination at Sandlefoot Cove Mobile Park Section #1 or The Keyes Company "West Boca Office" should call the FHC’s toll-free hotline at 1-877-910-FAIR.