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Opening Acts: May 19, 2015

Race Discrimination Case Settled

$100,000 and Injunctive Relief Ordered; Astoria Real Estate Firm Agrees to Comply with Fair Housing Laws  

On May 18, 2015, Federal Magistrate Ramon E. Reyes, Jr. approved a settlement resolving a rental discrimination case filed by the Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC), a white woman, and three African American testers in November [...]

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Opening Acts: April 30, 2015

African Americans Confront Barriers to Renting at Commack Apartment Complex

Testing investigation leads to filing of fair housing lawsuit

On Thursday, April 30, 2015, the Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC), ERASE Racism, and seven African American testers filed a lawsuit in federal district court (S.D.N.Y.) alleging that the owners and managers of a suburban apartment [...]

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Opening Acts: March 12, 2015

Bronx Race Discrimination Case Settled

Landlord Agrees to Change Rental Practices and Pay $200,000

On March 11, 2015, U.S. Magistrate Debra Freeman signed an agreement resolving a housing discrimination lawsuit involving rental housing in the Woodlawn neighborhood of the Bronx. The complaint, filed in May 2014, by the Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC) and three [...]

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Opening Acts: February 3, 2015

Lawsuit Alleges M&T Bank Promotes Segregation

Investigation Finds Racial Bias in Bank’s Mortgage Lending Policies and Practices

Today, the Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC) and nine (9) African American, Hispanic, South Asian and white testers filed a federal lawsuit alleging that the M&T Bank Corporation discriminates in its mortgage lending practices on [...]

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Opening Acts: January 16, 2015

FHJC Documents Racially Discriminatory Practices at Brooklyn Apartment Building 

African Americans Quoted Higher Rents than Whites

On January 16, 2015, the Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC) and three African American testers filed a lawsuit in federal district court (SDNY) alleging that the owner of a 43-unit apartment building located at 710 Avenue S in the [...]

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Opening Acts: December 15, 2014

Settlement Aimed at Making Rental Housing Accessible to Persons with Disabilities

Order Covers 4,500 apartments; Defendants Pay Up to $2 Million to Resolve Lawsuit

On December 10, 2014, Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced the settlement of a lawsuit filed earlier this year against a major New [...]

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Opening Acts: December 12, 2014

Settlement Ensures Non-Discrimination in Senior Living Residences and Adult Home Facility

Defendants Pay $297,500 to Resolve Fair Housing Lawsuit

On December 11, 2014, federal Magistrate Ronald L. Ellis signed an agreement to settle a lawsuit filed by the Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC) against the owners and operators of four senior living residences located in [...]

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Opening Acts Newsletter: December 9, 2014

Westchester Landlord Sued for Housing Discrimination

Race Discrimination at Suburban Apartment Complex is “Just the way it goes”

On December 8, 2014, an African American woman who applied to rent an apartment, the Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC), and two African American testers filed a lawsuit in federal District Court (SDNY) alleging that the owners and [...]

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Opening Acts Newsletter: November 24, 2014

Housing Discrimination Alleged in Astoria, Queens 

FHJC Testing Investigation Uncovers Racial Bias in Rental Practices

On November 24, 2014, the Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC), three African American testers, and a white renter who used the services of a real estate firm to locate an apartment filed a lawsuit in federal District Court (EDNY) alleging [...]

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Opening Acts Newsletter: November 3, 2014

No Peace of Mind for Voucher Holders in NYC

Landlords, Property Managers, and Real Estate Companies Face Lawsuit Alleging Source of Income Discrimination

On October 31, 2014, Ms. B., a single working mother with a Section 8 housing voucher, filed a state court lawsuit in Manhattan alleging that a dozen landlords, property managers, and real [...]

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