Indiana mobile home park ordered to pay $130K in lawsuit alleging discrimination

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CROWN POINT, Ind. (March 23, 2016) – An Indiana mobile home park has agreed to pay $130,000 in a settlement for a lawsuit alleging discrimination against families with children.

According to a release by the Department of Justice, a lawsuit was filed in May 2015 alleging that Gentle Manor Estates and John Townsend violated the Fair Housing Act by maintaining and enforcing a discriminatory policy of refusing to allow families with children to live at Gentle Manor Estates, a 173-lot mobile home park in Crown Point.

The allegations were based on evidence generated by the department’s Fair Housing Testing Program.

The federal Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin and disability.

Under the terms of the proposed settlement, the defendants must pay $100,000 into a settlement fund to compensate victims of discrimination and an additional $30,000 to the government as a civil penalty.

Anyone who believes that they have been discriminated against by Gentle Manor Estates because they have children should call the Justice Department at 1-800-896-7743.

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