CAIR-LA: Suit Claims Discrimination Against Muslims
SARAH TULLY, Orange County Register, 9/23/05
ANAHEIM – Seven Muslim tenants are suing an apartment complex for housing discrimination, claiming they were deprived service and retaliated against because of their religion.
A management company official said residents were never denied repairs or units.
The lawsuit, filed today in Orange County Superior Court, claims Chaumont Villas' manager Bridgett Phillips:
• Refused to fix problems such as roaches in food, blocked drains and rusted taps in apartments rented by Muslim tenants of Middle Eastern descent.
• Chased away Muslim children playing in common areas.
• Forbade a tenant from switching to a larger unit and wrongly said there were no vacancies.
Council on American-Islamic Relations announced the suit at a press conference today where tenants held protest signs in front of the complex.
"We believe this has been a course of conduct to eject all the Muslims from this apartment complex," said attorney Federico Sayre. (MORE)