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Apartment Appointment

This is a settlement for the Discrimination lawsuit.

Lowell, MA: (Jan-22-08) The US Department of Justice brought a lawsuit against Pine Properties Inc. and six affiliate companies, alleging that it discriminated against Cambodian-Americans who tried to rent apartments. The suit claimed that the defendants, who own and operate 13 rental properties in Lowell, refused to show available apartments to Cambodian-Americans who didn't have appointments, while white people were shown apartments immediately without appointments. The suit was filed by the government in September 2007, accusing the defendants of violating the Fair Housing Act. The Justice Department said the lawsuit was the first the agency has ever filed alleging discrimination against Asian-American based on its fair housing testing program.

Government officials stated that the case grew out of Operation Home Sweet Home, an initiative to enforce fair housing laws using people who pose undercover as prospective tenants or homeowner. As part of a settlement reached, the property management firm agreed to pay as much as $158,000 to resolve allegations. [BOSTON GLOBE: HOUSING DISCRIMINATION]

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Published on Jan-23-08


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