FHJC Challenges Race Discrimination at Two Brooklyn Rental Buildings
- March 19, 2012
The Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC) and four African-American testers filed a lawsuit today in federal court alleging that the owners and manager of two rental buildings in predominantly white neighborhoods of southern Brooklyn are discriminating on the basis of race. During five tests conducted in 2010 and 2011 in which comparably qualified African-American and white testers inquired about renting apartments in the two buildings, the manager told African-American testers there were no apartments available and/or quoted higher rents, while he told their white counterparts there were apartments available and quoted lower rents. The plaintiffs are seeking compensatory and punitive damages for the withholding of housing opportunities from African Americans in violation of federal and New York City fair housing laws and for injunctive relief to ensure future compliance. The plaintiffs are represented by Diane L. Houk and Julia Einbond of ECBAWM.