Pasadena landlords pay $15,000 to settle face, familial status complaint

Fair Housing Council of San Gabriel Valley
1020 N. Fair Oaks
Pasadena CA 91103

Contact:  Gary Rhoades, Director of Litigation
626-791-0211

July 17, 2001

The owners and managers of a Pasadena, California luxury apartment complex have agreed to pay $15,000 to the Fair Housing Council of San Gabriel Valley and, under a Consent Decree, participate in comprehensive fair housing training, advertising and provide tenant/applicant education program to settle claims of race and familial status discrimination. The owners also paid confidential sums to family members living at the complex.

The Fair Housing Council of San Gabriel Valley sued Casa de Ville owners John and Marian Dick and resident manager Rosie Cuypers in federal court (Central District, California), alleging that defendants discriminated against tenants and applicants on the basis of familial status and race in the operation of the apartment complex. The complaint also alleged that the Fair Housing Council's testers had received differential treatment on the basis of race and familial status.

The Council also alleged that its testers had received differential treatment on the basis of race and familial status.

The Fair Housing Council was represented by Ruth Seroussi of Buchalter, Nemer, Fields & Younger and Gary Rhoades, Litigation Director of the Fair Housing Council.

Defendants were represented by James Goudge of Dennison, Bennet & Press.