Wisconsin REALTOR and developer agree to pay $17,000 for refusing to sell lot for group home

Bethesda Lutheran Homes and Services, a group home operator in Wisconsin, settled its fair housing complaint against a Wisconsin REALTOR and developer for $17,000 in October 2002. The Consent Order was approved by United States Department of Housing and Urban Development Administrative Law Judge William C. Cregar.

The Order resolved allegations that Andrew Gabryshak of Gabryshak Development Corporation and Mary Pautsch of Mary Pautsch Realty (formerly RE/MAX Town and Country Realty) refused to sell an undeveloped lot to the group home operators. The lot was in the Riverview Hills Subdivision in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

Bethesda Lutheran Homes’ HUD complaint also asserted that the respondents made discriminatory comments about persons with disabilities. Both Pautsch and Gabryshak denied wrongdoing in the case. As part of the settlement, Pautsch and all of her
employees were required to attend fair housing training

conducted by the Madison Fair Housing Council or the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council. Pautsch had to pay for the training, according to the Consent Order. Both respondents were required to place fair housing posters in their places of business, as well as place the fair housing logo on their rental agreements, leases, and sales applications.

According to the Consent Order, Pautsch will shoulder most of the burden as it relates to the cash settlement. She or her company will pay $14,000, and Gabryshak will pay the remaining $3,000 on behalf of his company. Judge Cregar ruled that the Order shall remain in effect for three years.

HUD v. Gabryshak et al.
Case No. HUD ALJ 05-01-1098-8
The Honorable William C. Cregar Admin. Law Judge
Jeffrey A. Kaczmarski, attorney for complainant
David A. Sayas and William H. Gergen,
attorneys for respondents