Feds Accuse Westchester Apartment of Discrimination

Monday, Dec 6, 2010  |  Updated 5:00 PM EDT
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Feds Accuse Westchester Apartment of Discrimination

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An apartment complex in the New York City suburbs has been discriminating against blacks, federal officials allege in a new lawsuit.

The civil rights lawsuit was filed Monday against Burgundy Gardens LLC, which operates the 96-unit Burgundy Gardens complex in Valley Cottage. No individuals were named.

The lawsuit says black prospective tenants were not told about available apartments, were told such apartments were not available or were quoted higher rental prices than others. The complaint says that violates the Fair Housing Act, part of the Civil Rights Act.

The discrimination goes back to 2007, the lawsuit says. A call to a lawyer for Burgundy Gardens was not immediately returned.

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