“Lawsuit Claims Property Owner Discriminates Against Disabled, Minority Renters,” News 12 Long Island
March 22, 2019
WEST BABYLON - Disabled and minority Long Islanders have filed a lawsuit claiming the owner of several apartment complexes is discriminating against them.
Ian Wilder is the executive director of Long Island Housing Services. His agency, along with a group of others, has filed a federal suit against NPS Property Corporation.
The plaintiffs in the suit allege that the company discriminated against prospective renters with disabilities, African-Americans and people with housing subsidies.
“There was language about quotas. People who were outside of the protected class were told things might be becoming available,” Wilder says. “Inside the protected class, there was no discussion of it. So there was a different treatment between the two.”
Lawyers for the plaintiff say the discrimination was widespread at several properties in Suffolk County.
“It’s pretty shocking and blatant and targeted discrimination,” says attorney Brian Corman. “And it seems to be designed specifically to deny people.”