January 2, 2014
The complaint alleges that the former manager yelled at children who were playing in common areas and told tenants that the landlord intended to evict families with many children.
Eights tenants filed the lawsuit seeking monetary damages, including punitive damages, and an injunction. The filing follows a complaint brought last month by the Department of Fair Employment and Housing against the landlord. With the help of the advocacy group Tenants Together, the tenants initially filed an administrative complaint with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing against the management of the complex for discriminating against families with children.
According to a statement by Tenants Together, the tenants spoke at a press conference at the property last year about how their tight-knit community had been impacted by the managements policies and threats regarding the number of children that they can have in their homes. The manager, who the group says has since been replaced, appeared at the press conference yelling at the tenants and their attorney.
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