U.S. settles apartment discrimination cases

P. Myers (mpwr@u.washington.edu)
Sun, 5 Apr 1998 11:06:43 -0700 (PDT)


not much changes ... Pat Myers

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Date: Thu, 2 Apr 1998 20:42:50 PST
From: Reuters
Subject: U.S. settles apartment discrimination cases

  	   WASHINGTON  (Reuters) - Owners of two apartment complexes in  
New Jersey will pay $300,000 in damages and penalties for 
discriminating against minorities, the Justice Department said 
Thursday. 
	 An agreement, filed in U.S. District Court in Newark, N.J.,  
one day before the anniversary of a U.S. fair housing milestone, 
resolved two suits filed in December 1997. 
	 The Justice Department accused the owners and operators of  
the housing complexes in the New York suburb of Clark -- 
Hillcrest Village and Lexington Village -- of lying to blacks 
about the availability of apartments to discourage them from 
renting. 
	 The two complexes accounted for almost 50 percent of the  
available rental housing in the town, the Justice Department 
said. 
	 ``Even today, on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the  
passage of the Fair Housing Act, we continue to find racial 
discrimination in rental housing,'' said Bill Lann Lee, acting 
assistant attorney general for civil rights. 
	 The lawsuits resolved Thursday were part of four in New  
Jersey the federal government developed through an initiative to 
gauge housing discrimination. Three of the four have been 
resolved, with a total of $1.8 million in damages and penalties 
assessed. 
	 Under the Justice Department initiative, black and white  
individuals pose as prospective tenants to inquire about the 
availability of housing. By comparing their experiences, 
investigators establish discriminatory practices.