Los Angeles Apartment-Seeker Obtains $50,000 in Fair Housing Case

Contact: Gary Rhoades, Litigation Director
Southern California Housing Rights Center 
520 S. Virgil Ave., Suite 400
Los Angeles CA 90020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(LOS ANGELES, Oct. 4, 2002) -- The Southern California Housing Rights Center announced that the owner of a Los Angeles apartment complex has paid $50,000 to an apartment-seeker to settle claims of race discrimination.

In McClen v. Wirkus (Los Angeles Superior Court, September 2002), an African-American woman alleged in state court that because of her race, the landlord put her on a wait list instead of offering her an available unit. The complaint also alleged that HRC's race test at the 12-unit owner-occupied complex confirmed discrimination based on race. Under the settlement in this case, the landlord will pay $50,000 to Ms. McClen.

Odion Okojie of Los Angeles and Felicia Yearwood of HRC represented the plaintiff.