$175,000 Settlement in NY Housing Bias Case

The 2010 lawsuit alleged that blacks were not told about available apartments or were quoted higher rental prices than others.

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    An apartment complex in the New York City suburbs has settled a civil rights lawsuit that claimed it had discriminated against blacks.

    The U.S. attorney's office says Burgundy Gardens in Valley Cottage will pay $150,000 to compensate victims. It will also pay a $25,000 fine.

    The 2010 lawsuit alleged that blacks were not told about available apartments or were quoted higher rental prices than others.

    A lawyer for the complex denied wrongdoing. He said Wednesday that a longtime on-site rental agent did not follow proper guidelines but was not discriminating.

    Under the settlement, the complex must adopt uniform standards and educate employees about state and federal housing law. It also must submit reports to the federal government for at least three years.