California Settles Familial Status Fair Housing Case for $16,000

In a case resolved last month, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (“DFEH”) announced it settled a housing discrimination complaint for $16,000 against a property management company asserting familial status discrimination. The complaint was filed by a family of four who alleged that management did not allow them to rent an apartment in a building because the property manager did not consider children to be appropriate residents. Specifically, the manager was alleged to have stated that the apartment home might be overcrowded with four people, that neighbors might have issues with noise because of kids, and that the building was for “business people.” After its investigation, DFEH found probable cause to believe discrimination took place and a civil complaint was filed in California state court. The case settled prior to trial, with the defendant agreeing to pay $12,500 to the family and $3,500 to DFEH for litigation costs. As is…

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