In January of 2010, Daneisha Davis, the former leasing agent at Stonebridge at Bear Creek apartments filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development alleging that the apartment manager, Nancy Quandt, and S&H Realty Management discriminated against tenants based on their race. According to a source, “Quandt told leasing agents to segregate tenants of Middle Eastern or South Asian descent into two of the complex’s 21 residential buildings.” The apparent reason for the segregation was “to isolate any smells allegedly associated with ethnic cuisine that the manager disliked.”
Last week, the owners of the apartment settled the federal discrimination lawsuit by agreeing to pay $317,000. This includes $107,000 in civil penalties and $210,000 to compensate victims of the discrimination.
Settlement in the Case of United States v. Stonebridge at Bear Creek LLP:
The terms of the settlement include the following:
- Defendants must pay civil penalties.
- Defendants must compensate the victims of the race discrimination.
- Quandt can no longer be a Stonebridge employee.
- Stonebridge must “adopt a nondiscrimination policy.”
- Stonebridge must “enact or undertake numerous other corrective measures, including training, record keeping and monitoring.”
Fair Housing Laws:
In 1968, the United States government passed the Fair Housing Act. Under the Fair Housing Act, a landlord cannot refuse to rent a dwelling to an individual or family based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status and disability. Moreover, a landlord may not set different terms for individuals who belong in one of the before mentioned groups.
If you have been the discriminated against under the Fair Housing Act laws you should consult with a landlord tenant attorney or file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
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