Justice Dept. Settles Wisconsin Discrimination Case

By: AP
By: AP

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Justice has settled a lawsuit that alleged racial discrimination against a La Crosse apartment complex and its manager.

Under the proposed settlement, the manager and owner of Geneva Terrace Apartments agreed to pay $57,500.

The lawsuit alleges the manager of Geneva Terrace told prospective African-American renters that apartments were not available while telling prospective white renters that apartments were available.

Under the settlement, the defendants will pay $47,500 in damages to an African-American couple who were interested in renting an apartment in Geneva Terrace but were told that no apartments were available -- even though the complex had a sign advertising vacancies. The defendants also will pay a civil penalty of $10,000.

An attorney for Geneva Terrace and the manager did not return a message Thursday.


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