Newby et al. v Woodcrest Condominiums
James Newby, Sarah and Joshua Drummonds, and the Fair Housing Center of Southeastern Michigan accepted $40,000 to settle their claim against the Woodcrest Condominium Association and managers Barbara and Allan Diedrich. The suit claimed discrimination based on race, familial status, age and disability. The complex, located in Monroe, Michigan, was sued in 2000 for discrimination based on familial status. For five years, pursuant to a consent decree with the United States Department of Justice, Mr. and Mrs. Diedrich attended annual fair housing training with the Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit which thoroughly outlined their duties under fair housing laws. Testing completed by the Fair Housing Center found evidence of disparate treatment for prospective co-owners on the basis of race, age, familial status and disability. FHC Cooperating Attorney Jonathan G. Weber filed suit on behalf of all three plaintiffs in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The suit, filed on March 2, 2009, was assigned to Judge John Corbett O’Meara.