New York Civil Rights Litigation: Lawsuit Accuses Apt. Complex of Racial Bias

12/08/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, US // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan

Rockland County, NY—A company that operates a Valley Cottage housing complex has been named in a pending civil rights lawsuit alleging racial discrimination. LoHud.com reported the U.S. Attorney’s Office filed the lawsuit Monday, Dec. 6, 2010 in U.S. Southern District Court, claiming the owner’s of the Burgundy Gardens Apartments discriminated against prospective black tenants.

The U.S. Attorneys Office filed a lawsuit against Burgundy Gardens LLC, the company that operates the Clarkstown apartment complex specified, accusing the firm of unfair and biased housing practices. The lawsuit contended such practices violate the Fair Housing Act.

According to information provided, the suit contended the complex’s unidentified owners did not inform potential African-American tenants of vacant apartments.

The owners also allegedly notified prospective tenants of other races about available apartments, while telling blacks that there were no apartments available for rent.

Also, when African-American’s were indeed informed of unoccupied apartments available for rent, the owners supposedly quoted them higher rental prices than whites or individuals of other races who were “similarly situated.”

The federal government’s pending lawsuit seeks to force Burgundy Gardens to end its suspected discriminatory practices. The lawsuit also seeks punitive and non-economic damages.

The defendant could not be reached for comment.

Legal News Reporter: Sandra Quinlan– Legal News for New York Civil Rights Lawyers.

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