United States v. 505 Central Avenue Corp. (S.D.N.Y.)

Overview: 

On July 20, 2017, the court entered a stipulation and order of settlement and dismissal in United States v. 505 Central Ave. (S.D.N.Y.), a Fair Housing Act pattern-or-practice/election case. The parties executed a settlement agreement on June 29 to resolve this lawsuit, filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office on January 18, 2017, alleging that a housing cooperative and management company discriminated against an individual with disabilities when it refused a reasonable accommodation to allow him to purchase a coop unit at Thompkins Manor using a special needs trust. Under the terms of the settlement agreement the defendants must pay a total of $125,000, including compensatory damages and attorney’s fees to the complainant and civil penalties to the United States. Among other relief, the defendants also will adopt reasonable accommodation policies and will provide annual training regarding the Fair Housing Act and reasonable accommodation policies to all current and future employees and agents. The case was referred to the Division after the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) received a complaint, conducted an investigation and issued a charge of discrimination.

 

press release (7/21/17)

 

Case Open Date: 
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Case Name: 
United States v. 505 Central Avenue Corp. (S.D.N.Y.)
Topic: 
Civil Rights
Tags: 
West Ex Associated Inc.
Thompkins Manor
disability
reasonable accommodation
HUD
election
pattern or practice
New York
17:17-cv-00351
Industry Code: 
None
Component: 
Civil Rights Division
Civil Rights - Housing and Civil Enforcement Section
USAO - New York, Southern
Updated July 27, 2017