WASHINGTON – The Justice Department today filed a lawsuit against the owner and property manager of a 48-unit apartment complex in Ann Arbor, Mich., alleging that the defendants discriminated on the basis of race or color in the rental of apartments, the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan announced.
“Housing is a basic human need, and no individual should be subjected to indignity of discrimination as they look for a home for their family,” said Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Rights Division. “This lawsuit demonstrates that the Justice Department will not tolerate violations of our nation’s fair housing laws.”
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“Discrimination in housing goes to the very core of American values,” said Barbara L. McQuade, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. “The ability to choose where to live affects every other aspect of life – access to schools, jobs and transportation – and we will not ignore violations of this fundamental right.”