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Housing Buyer Discrimination

Milwaukee, WI: (Mar-03-08) The US Justice Department brought charges against Edith Halvorsen, a white homeowner, alleging that she violated Milwaukee fair-housing laws by discriminating against blacks. The suit stated that Halvorsen refused to sell her home to a Milwaukee Public Schools principal because she was African-American. The suit accused her of telling her Re/Max Realty 100 agent she didn't want to sell her single-family home on Milwaukee's far northwest side to a black person. The agent then acted on those comments to exclude Tami Doss, an African-American home-seeker, from any further negotiations to purchase the home in the summer of 2005.

Apart from the racial element, Halvorsen apparently had no problem with Doss, a former principal at Thirty-Eighth Street School. Doss' real-estate agent filed a racial discrimination complaint after becoming aware of the homeowner's desire not to sell to any black person. The case was referred to the Justice Department for action.

As part of a settlement reached, the US Justice Department announced a $35,000 settlement in the Milwaukee fair-housing discrimination case. The settlement agreement called on Halvorsen, her real-estate agent and Re/Max Realty 100 to pay $30,000 to Doss and $5,000 to Doss' real estate agent. Re/Max Realty 100 will also be required to train its agents on fair-housing laws and report any discrimination complaints to the Justice Department for three years. [MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINAL: FAIR HOUSING DISCRIMINATION]


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Published on Mar-4-08


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