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HUD ANNOUNCES LARGE MONETARY SETTLEMENT IN COURT ORDER RESOLVING CLAIMS OF SEXUAL DISCRIMINATION IN HOUSING

 HUD ANNOUNCES LARGE MONETARY SETTLEMENT IN COURT ORDER
 RESOLVING CLAIMS OF SEXUAL DISCRIMINATION IN HOUSING
 SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- On Jan. 27, 1992, a Consent Order was entered by the U.S. District Court for The Eastern District of California in the case of the United States v. Dana Properties Inc., Fairfield North, Mark Chim and James Skinner. The Consent Order provides for payment of $342,000 in damages to eight aggrieved persons identified by the United States and $45,000 civil penalty to the United States to be paid by the owners and managers of the Fairfield North Apartments in Fairfield, Calif. This is the largest monetary settlement obtained to date by the department under the amended Fair Housing Act.
 The eight women were represented by the U.S. Department of Justice using the results of a Fair Housing Investigation conducted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The order was in addition to a private lawsuit, which was settled in August 1991, brought by five women based on the results of the same Fair Housing Investigation, 1991.
 The order resolved the government's claim of a pattern or practice of sex discrimination by the apartment manager, James Skinner. The United States alleged that defendant Skinner implemented this pattern and practice by subjecting female tenants to extensive and unwelcome sexual harassment in the form of verbal harassment, sexual advancements and propositions, invasions of privacy and sexual assault; and, intimidating, threatening, and interfering with female tenants in the exercise of rights granted by the Fair Housing Act.
 The defendants, Fairfield North and Dana Properties Inc. have 30 days in which to pay the damage and penalty amounts.
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 /CONTACT: John Phillips of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 415-556-4752/ CO: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development ST: California IN: SU:


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