“My landlord’s behavior was not just immoral, it was also illegal,” Sutton said in a statement. “I’m glad to see the McCoys are being held accountable and hope this settlement brings us one step closer to creating a more just society where people of all races can live together without fear.”
According to her lawsuit, Sutton moved into the property, which she was renting month-to-month, in August 2017.
In September 2018, Sutton invited a black man and his then-5-year-old son over for a few play dates with her daughters — ages 9 and 2 at the time — before Allen McCoy appeared at her home and told her she would have to leave.
The lawsuit alleged that Allen McCoy called Sutton a “(racial epithet) lover” and said he would call child protective services for having a “(racial epithet) on their property.” He told her she had two weeks to move out.
Sutton also recorded a conversation with Patricia McCoy in which she told her landlord she had not “done anything to deserve this.” Patricia McCoy was accused of saying: “Maybe you like black dogs, but I don’t. So just get your stuff and get out.”