July 10, 2019

The ACLU of Georgia has teamed up with Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll to sue a northwest Georgia couple who allegedly evicted a white tenant because she invited an African American woman into her rental home.

The suit, filed Wednesday on behalf of Victoria Sutton, contends that Gordon County landlords Patricia and Allen McCoy used racial epithets and threats—some of which Sutton recorded—when they evicted Sutton from a residence she rented from the couple in Adairsville. Sutton and her family were evicted in December 2018—about three months after she began inviting an African American co-worker with a 5-year-old son over for playdates with Sutton’s two daughters, ages 2 and 9, the suit alleges.

ACLU of Georgia lawyers Sean Young and Kosha Tucker, and Kalpana Kotagal and Brian Corman of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll are representing Sutton.

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Said Corman: “This case is a clear reminder that the pervasive and insidious racism that lead to the passage of the Fair Housing Act more than fifty years ago persists to this day. America thrives when people of all races and backgrounds are able to live in their communities without fear that they will be thrown out of their homes because of their race or the race of those with whom they associate.”

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