DISCRIMINATION

Abused Spouse Has a Protected Property Interest in Tenant's Voucher

February 27, 2017    

Tenant’s wife sued HPD, claiming that HPD denied her due process, discriminated against her on the basis of her sex, and acted in an arbitrary and capricious manner contrary to federal and local law by denying...

NYCHA Reasonably Sought to Accommodate Tenant's Fear of Apartment Entry

February 13, 2017    

Tenant filed an Article 78 appeal of NYCHA’s decision to terminate her Section 8 rent subsidy. The court ruled against tenant. Tenant failed to act reasonably in response to NYCHA’s attempts to...

Did Landlord Illegally Seek Removal of Tenant's Service Dog?

January 25, 2017    

Tenant sued landlord, claiming that landlord terminated her tenancy due to tenant’s service dog, in violation of the Fair Housing Act (FHA). The court ruled against tenant because he didn’t state facts...

Landlord Can Remove Disabled Tenants' Second Parking Space

January 19, 2017    

Disabled tenants used two parking spaces at a Yonkers building for 13 years until landlord denied their use of one space so that it could provide parking to another tenant. Tenants sued landlord, seeking a reasonable...

Applicant's Discrimination Claims Against HUD Dismissed

November 27, 2016    

Prospective tenant, a 68-year-old disabled Vietnam veteran, received benefits under HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH). Tenant sued HUD, HUD-VASH, and landlord after landlord rejected his application...

Tenants Claim DOF Policies Prevented Renewal of DRIE Benefits

November 21, 2016    

Eight disabled New York City tenants enrolled in, or eligible for enrollment in, NYC’s Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) program sued the Department of Finance (DOF), claiming that DOF administered the...

Resident Claims Shelter Violated Fair Housing Act by Failing to Provide Halal Meals

November 21, 2016    

Resident sued homeless shelter in federal court, claiming that...

Court Orders Westchester County to Comply with Fair Housing Agreement

August 21, 2016    

The federal government sued Westchester County for falsely certifying to HUD that it was meeting commitments to affirmatively further fair housing.  The federal Department of Justice and the county signed a...

Tenant in Two-Family House Can't Claim Discrimination in Connection with Service Dog

July 21, 2016    

Tenant in upstate two-family house sued landlord, claiming that landlord discriminated against him. Tenant was an army veteran diagnosed with PTSD who got a service dog as part of his treatment plan after renting the...

Relatives of Low-Income Tenants Claim Utica Firefighters Failed to Rescue Tenants

July 20, 2016    

Relatives of four tenants killed in a 2009 fire in a building in a poor neighborhood brought a civil rights lawsuit against the City of Utica. They claimed that their constitutional right to equal protection occurred...

Super Gets Delay of Eviction Case Pending Outcome of Discrimination Claim

June 22, 2016    

Landlord sued to evict the resident building super after terminating the super’s employment. Tenant then filed a discrimination complaint with the City Human Rights Commission (HRC) claiming that landlord...

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