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Justice Dept. settles Wis. discrimination case

Published On: Nov 30 2012 06:46:54 AM CST
LA CROSSE, Wis. -

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.

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