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41 legal experts on game-changing laws, rules, and cases.
AUTHORLisa Smith, Partner, Smith Gambrell & Russell
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Broome v. Biondi
This case arose from the Beekman Hill House co-op board’s rejection of a sublet application. The rejected prospective subtenants sued the corporation and every member of the co-op board, claiming racial discrimination and civil rights violations under the federal Fair Housing act. The court upheld their claims, with dire consequences for the co-op and the members of the board.
"Everyone can agree that discrimination is a bad thing, yet even with all of our self-awareness and social progress, it still occurs, even during the co-op interview process. Are people just ignoring the laws or are they ignorant of what is deemed discriminatory? Or is it a combination of both? Whatever the reason, if you are a member of your board, you need to be aware of this issue. Not only is discrimination morally wrong, it can also lead to disastrous financial consequences for your co-op and for you individually. You do not want to end up like the board members of Beekman Hill House."
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