Prospective Tenant Awarded $10,000 in Damages

LVT Number: #24574

The New York State Division of Human Rights (DHR) determined that landlord had discriminated against prospective tenant after refusing a commercial space to him and voicing his concerns about the race of his existing residential tenants. The DHR ordered landlord to pay tenant $10,000 in damages. Landlord appealed and lost. Landlord's claimed concerns for applicant's intended use of the space was a pretext for racial discrimination. The DHR properly awarded tenant compensatory damages for mental anguish.

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