February 13, 2020

A Georgia couple has acknowledged using racial slurs and violating civil rights and fair housing laws when they evicted a tenant who had invited a black family to visit the home she was renting.

Patricia and Allen McCoy also apologized to ex-tenant Victoria Sutton in their settlement to Sutton’s lawsuit and paid her $150,000.

Sutton, who is white, filed the housing discrimination lawsuit in July against the McCoys, her white former landlords, saying they used racial slurs when telling her to leave the home. They reached a settlement agreement last month, and the parties filed a dismissal notification Thursday in federal court.

Sutton and her family moved into the house in Adairsville, about 60 miles (97 kilometers) northwest of Atlanta, in August 2017.

As a black co-worker with a young child was leaving after a play date with Sutton’s daughters on Sept. 30, 2018, the co-worker hugged Sutton goodbye. Later that day, Allen McCoy came to the house and called Sutton a “(racial slur) lover,” the lawsuit says.

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“Racial discrimination is as real and insidious today as it was sixty years ago and must be called out and stopped,” one of Sutton’s attorneys, Brian Corman, said in an emailed statement. “It was of the utmost importance to Ms. Sutton that the McCoys acknowledge and apologize for their wrongdoing and for the harm they have caused, and we hope this lawsuit shows that racism will not be tolerated in any form.”

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