Fonte v Romain Realty
Romain Realty was sued in Federal court on allegations of race discrimination. Amelia Fonte attempted to take over a lease for a Romain efficiency apartment in late 1997. According to the lawsuit, after viewing the unit the exiting tenants told Ms. Fonte they were “desperate” to get out of their lease. Ms. Fonte, who is African-American, told FHC staff that she went to the Romain Realty office where she was told the unit had been rented. Testing conducted by the FHC supported Fonte’s claim of race discrimination. FHC Cooperating Attorney Ericka M. Jackson of Sommers, Schwartz, Silver and Schwartz, P.C., filed suit on behalf of Ms. Fonte. The case was assigned to Judge George E. Woods.