Wednesday, November 4, 2009

LA Real Estate Mogul Pays Record $2.7M Settlement in housing discrimination lawsuit

The Justice Department announced yesterday the largest monetary payment ever obtained by the department in the settlement of a case alleging housing discrimination in the rental of apartments.

According to the Los Angeles Times:

Los Angeles Clippers owner and real estate mogul Donald T. Sterling has agreed to pay a record $2.725 million to settle allegations that he discriminated against African Americans, Hispanics and families with children at scores of apartment buildings he owns in and around Los Angeles.

From a statement by the Justice Department:

"Housing is a basic human need, and yet decades after passage of the Fair Housing Act, far too many still encounter barriers like discrimination. Particularly in times of economic distress and rising foreclosures, we must remain vigilant to ensure all individuals have equal access to housing," said Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. "The magnitude of this settlement should send a message to all landlords that we will vigorously pursue violations of the Fair Housing Act."

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