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Opening Acts: February 5, 2021

Lawsuit Alleges  Interracial Couple Discouraged from Buying a Home in Midwood BROKER TOLD THEM THEY “WOULD NOT BE COMFORTABLE IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD” Today, the Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC) announced that Kaseim Tripp, an African American man, and his wife, Kimberly Rosario, an Afro-Puerto Rican woman, filed a lawsuit against Elite Connect Real Estate, Inc., […]

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Opening Acts: January 7, 2021

Astoria Race Discrimination Case Settles COURT-ORDERED AGREEMENT INCLUDES  INJUNCTIVE RELIEF AND $70,000  Today, the Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC) announced that a settlement has been reached in a fair housing lawsuit against 34-08 30th Street LLC and Svetozar Tatkovic. The federal lawsuit, filed on January 9, 2020 by the FHJC and two African American testers, alleged […]

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Opening Acts: December 18, 2020

Disability Discrimination Alleged in Lawsuit BRONX LANDLORD REFUSED TO MODIFY HOUSING TO MAKE IT ACCESSIBLE TO A TENANT AND HER ADULT DAUGHTER WITH DISABILITIES On November 10, 2020, Ms. Debora Ramirez filed a lawsuit in Federal District Court for Southern District of New York against her landlord, 2020 Grand Realty, LLC.  Ms. Ramirez alleges her […]

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Opening Acts: November 9, 2020

FHJC’s Case Alleging Racially Discriminatory Residency Preferences Moves Forward FEDERAL COURT RULES AGAINST TOWN OF EASTCHESTER; DENIES MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT On September 28, 2020, the Honorable Judge Vincent L. Briccetti denied the Town of Eastchester’s motion for summary judgment in full.  On October 15, Judge Briccetti read his decision over the phone to the […]

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Opening Acts: October 29, 2020

Redfin Redlines NATIONAL REAL ESTATE FIRM SUED FOR POLICIES THAT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST BUYERS AND SELLERS OF HOMES IN COMMUNITIES OF COLOR On October 28, the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), New York City’s Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC), Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit, Fair Housing Rights Center in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Hope Fair Housing Center, […]

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Opening Acts: October 23, 2020

Can We Eradicate Racism in Residential Real Estate? POLICY PAPER EMPHASIZES NEED FOR SYSTEMIC CHANGES WITHIN REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY Today, the Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC) released the first in a series of short policy papers that are aimed at addressing this issue of systemic racism in the real estate industry. This policy paper, entitled […]

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Opening Acts: October 21, 2020

US Settles Disability Discrimination Lawsuit DEVELOPER REQUIRED TO INCREASE ACCESSIBILITY IN 71 BUILDINGS ENCOMPASSING MORE THAN 6,000 APARTMENTS On October 15, U.S. District Judge Lewis J. Liman approved a settlement in a fair housing case brought by Department of Justice on behalf of the United States. The Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District […]

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Opening Acts: October 16, 2020

Disability Discrimination Alleged at Brooklyn Apartment Building OWNER AND MANAGER REFUSE TO MAKE MODIFICATIONS THAT WOULD PROVIDE ACCESSIBILITY TO TENANT WITH DISABILITIES   On October 2, a lawsuit was filed in the New York State Supreme Court of Kings County alleging disability discrimination at an 82-unit apartment building in Brooklyn. The plaintiff, Ms. Junia Chapman, […]

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Opening Acts: October 8, 2020

United States Files Fair Housing Lawsuit Against Staten Island Realty Firm for Race Discrimination DOJ TESTING PROGRAM DOCUMENTS REALTOR CONDUCT THAT TREATED PROSPECTIVE RENTERS DIFFERENTLY BASED ON RACE On September 30, the United State Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a federal fair housing lawsuit in the Eastern District of New York alleging that Village Realty […]

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Opening Acts: October 7, 2020

Settlement Reached in Co-op Discrimination Case CO-OP SHAREHOLDER ALLEGED APPLICANTS TO SUBLET HIS APARTMENT FACED DISCRIMINATION BASED ON RACE AND NATIONAL ORIGIN On September 24, the New York State Division on Human Rights (NYSDHR) approved a conciliation agreement resolving a housing discrimination complaint filed by an apartment owner and shareholder at a 20-unit housing cooperative […]

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