Long Island owner agrees to housing bias settlement

January 11, 2016
A couple suing a Long Island property owner over discriminatory housing policies have reached a settlement requiring the owner to scrap a policy that gave preference to people with German backgrounds.
     After unsuccessfully trying to sell their Yaphank home for years, Philip Kneer and his wife, Patricia Flynn-Kneer, sued the German-American Settlement League, which owns the underlying land and rents lots to league members, who own their homes.
     The Kneers said the league's rules, such as making membership primarily open to people "of German extraction and of good character and reputation," breached laws such as the federal Fair Housing Act.
     The New York Times quoted the league president in October as saying that previous efforts to change the "antiquated" rules had been unsuccessful.