IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
GAIL GRAHAM PLAINTIFF- INTERVENOR
VS. CIVIL ACTION NO. 3:99-CV-556BN
L.T. JACKSON, L.T. JACKSON TRUST DEFENDANTS
AND BETTYE HART
On March 28, 2002, a jury composed of Melissa Thompson,
Foreperson, and six other jurors returned a unanimous verdict in
favor of the United States and Gail Graham against L.T. Jackson and L.T. Jackson Trust for discriminating on the basis of sex in violation of the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. § 3601, et seq.
Specifically as to claims brought by the United States, the
jury found that L.T. Jackson and L.T. Jackson Trust violated the Fair Housing Act by engaging in a pattern or practice of sex
discrimination in the following four ways: (1) sexually harassing female tenants by creating a hostile housing environment; (2) sexually harassing female tenants by engaging in quid pro quo sexual harassment; (3) engaging in disparate treatment of female tenants; and (4) coercing, threatening, interfering or retaliating
against female tenants in their exercise of their legal rights
protected by the Fair Housing Act. The jury found in favor of Gail
Graham against L.T. Jackson and L.T. Jackson trust on all claims listed above except Claim #3. The jury returned a unanimous verdict for punitive damages against Defendant.
Based on the jury's unanimous verdict against L.T. Jackson and L.T. Jackson Trust, final judgment in this matter is hereby entered against L.T. Jackson and L.T. Jackson Trust, jointly and severally,
in favor of the United States, for the benefit of each individual
listed below, and in favor of Gail Graham, individually, in the
following amounts, plus interest to each at the rate of 2.70% from
March 28, 2002, until paid:
| Alicia Tucker Ford
| Betty Neal
|| $ 2,500.00
| Trena Robinson
|Elizabeth Short Gordon
|| $23,500.00 |
|| $22,501.00 |
| Bridgite Union
Based on the June 10, 2002, Opinion and Order of this Court, the following injunction is issued:
(1) Defendants shall not participate in the management of any residential rental properties subject to the Fair Housing Act, as amended, 42 U.S.C. § 3601, et seq., which is
currently owned, or acquired in the future, in whole or in
part by them.
(2) Defendants shall obtain an independent management firm
within sixty (60) days and utilize same to run their
landlord-tenant businesses, including present properties and any properties acquired in the future. The independent management firm shall have exclusive management authority concerning the showing of rental units to prospective tenants, accepting applications for prospective tenants (or otherwise having face-to-face contact with potential tenants during the application
process), inspections (except as otherwise provided) , the collection of rent, evictions, rentals (except rental increases), repairs, maintenance, and violations of tenant lease obligations.
(3) The independent management company above shall not be
owned by, employ, or utilize any individual or company
which is related to L.T. Jackson by blood or by marriage.
(4) The independent management company above shall be the
entity that maintains any and all contact with tenants, and prospective tenants, including but not limited to showing apartments, executing leases, applications and other housing documents, collecting rent, taking repair requests, or making repairs.
(5) Defendant L.T. Jackson is not prohibited from visiting any rental property he owns for a purpose other than engaging in management activities, however, L.T. Jackson shall not initiate contact with any female tenants during such
visits. Upon notice from the independent management firm that a rental unit is unoccupied, vacant and not under lease, L.T. Jackson shall be allowed to visit these rental
units for the purpose of inspection. Under these circumstances, L.T. Jackson shall not initiate any form of verbal or other contact with female tenants of other
(6) Defendants will not take any retaliatory action against
any Plaintiff, aggrieved party, or witness in this case.
Nothing in this Order shall prohibit the independent
management company from seeking redress through the courts
to evict or collect monies owed by such tenants who occupy
residential rental properties owned by Defendants.
(7) Defendant L.T. Jackson shall not sexually harass any female tenant of any rental unit owned by him or the L.T. Jackson Trust.
SO ORDERED this___ day of June, 2002.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Document Filed: June 11, 2002