Justice Dept. Settles Wis. Discrimination Case

Updated: 11/29/2012 8:26 PM KSTP.com By: Scott Theisen

The U.S. Department of Justice has settled a lawsuit that alleged racial discrimination against a La Crosse apartment complex and its manager.
    
Under the proposed settlement, the manager and owner of Geneva Terrace Apartments agreed to pay $57,500.
    
The lawsuit alleges the manager of Geneva Terrace told prospective African-American renters that apartments were not available while telling prospective white renters that apartments were available.
    
Under the settlement, the defendants will pay $47,500 in damages to an African-American couple who were interested in renting an apartment in Geneva Terrace but were told that no apartments were available - even though the complex had a sign advertising vacancies. The defendants also will pay a civil penalty of $10,000.
    
An attorney for Geneva Terrace and the manager did not return a message Thursday.

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