The lawsuit alleges that between 2012 to 2018, Crimson Management steered African American housing applicants for Cedarwood Village apartments, located in a predominantly white neighborhood, to Cedartown Commons, a housing complex that is “inferior in appearance, location, and amenities,” according to the release.
“While the company vigorously disputes the government’s allegations and looks forward to defending itself in court, the company’s policy is not to comment on pending litigation,” said John D. Bennett, attorney for Crimson Management.
According to the lawsuit, white applicants were assigned units at Cedarwood Village ahead of black applicants. At the same time, black applicants were assigned units at Cedartown Commons ahead of white applicants.
This also resulted in units at Cedartown Commons remaining vacant until a black resident was assigned to the unit, according to the suit. In one case, a unit sat vacant for 19 months before it was assigned to a black resident.
The lawsuit seeks monetary damages to compensate victims, civil penalties, and a court order barring future discrimination.
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