By Terry Evans, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
EULESS -- An apartment manager is out of a job and the company that owns the complex where she worked is paying $317,000 to settle a federal discrimination lawsuit concerning the segregation of tenants based on race.
"The federal government took my job," said Nancy Quandt, who left her office at Stonebridge at Bear Creek apartments in Euless last week, the day the owners agreed to the settlement. "I didn't do anything wrong and it's not fair."
The U.S. Department of Justice disagreed, naming Quandt and Minnesota-based S&H Realty Management in a suit based on a January 2010 complaint by a former Stonebridge employee. The suit said that Quandt told leasing agents to segregate tenants of Middle Eastern or South Asian descent into two of the complex's 21 residential buildings "to isolate any smells allegedly associated with ethnic cuisine that the manager disliked," according to the Justice Department's news release.
Officials at the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a national Muslim civil-rights group, were encouraged by the suit's outcome, said CAIR spokeswoman Alia Salem.
"Anyone who promotes justice and works for civil rights advocacy should be elated," Salem said. "This was a big win." (Read more)