On April 27, 2006, the United States filed a complaint in United States v. First Nat'l Bank, et al. (N.D. Miss.), the first sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the Justice Department under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA). The complaint alleges that William Anderson, a former vice president of the First National Bank of Pontotoc, used his position to sexually harass female borrowers and applicants for credit. The lawsuit asserts that Anderson's conduct included making offensive comments of a sexual nature, engaging in unwanted sexual touching, and requesting or demanding sexual favors from female customers over a period of years before his employment with the Bank ended in May 2004. (Press Release)
On April 27, 2006, the United filed a Complaint in United States v. Fountainbleau Apartments (E.D. Tenn.), against the owner and resident manager of the Fountainbleau Apartments, located in East Ridge, Tennessee. The complaint alleges that the defendants engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination by refusing to rent apartments to persons with children and by steering them to another apartment complex. The evidence was developed by the Section's testing program. (Press Release)
United States v. General Properties Company, et al.
On April 28, 2006, the United States filed a complaint inUnited States v. General Properties Company, et al. (E.D. Mich.), alleging a pattern or practice of discrimination on the basis of race or color at the Whispering Woods Apartments, a 273-unit apartment complex in Livonia, Michigan. The, complaint alleges that the owner of the complex, General Properties Company, LLC, and its president Elliott Schubiner, have refused to rent apartments to African American prospective tenants because of their race or color and otherwise disriminating against since at least November 2003. A similar lawsuit has been filed by the Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit against the same defendants. The lawsuit seeks an order prohibiting the defendants from engaging in unlawful housing discrimination, monetary damages for victims of the defendants' unlawful conduct, and the payment of a civil penalty to the government.