Muslim civil rights group sought 2010 HUD probe of religious discrimination
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/9/14) â€“ The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today welcomed a settlement in aÂ housing discrimination lawsuit in Texas for discrimination against people of Middle Eastern and South Asian descent. Under the agreement, $107,000 in civil penalties and $210,000 in a damages fund will be paid by owners of an apartment complex in Euless, Texas.
“No American should be denied access to housing because of their faith, ethnicity or national origin,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.
In 2010, CAIR, the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, called on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to investigate allegations that the apartment complex had a policy of refusing to rent to Muslims or segregating them in buildings away from other tenants.
The Washington-based council called on HUD's Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity to determine whether StoneBridge at Bear Creek apartment complex violated federal fair housing laws.
Former leasing agents for the complex say Muslims, whom managers referred to as “curry people,” were routinely refused apartments even when there were vacancies. The leasing agents said they were told by their supervisors that they could only rent to Muslims if they were all kept in two buildings of the 21-building complex.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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