Landlord Must Pay Fines and Damages for Racial Discrimination

LVT Number: #31033

Tenant filed a complaint against landlord with the NY State Division of Human Rights (NYSDHR), claiming discrimination based on race. Tenant said that landlord told her she would have to move out because there were too many black people in the building. Landlord then sued to evict tenant. That case was settled in court. The NYSDHR ruled in 2015 that landlord had discriminated against tenant based on her race and awarded tenant compensatory damages for mental anguish for $10,000; punitive damages totalling $5,000; and damages for economic loss for $1,620.

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