D.C. Court Orders AIMCO to Pay HFA Client Compensatory and Punitive Damages for Violating D.C. Fair Housing and Consumer Laws, and Enters Injunction Against AIMCO

Feb 20, 2022

Handley Farah & Anderson PLLC has obtained an order awarding punitive, compensatory, and statutory damages as well as injunctive relief in its case against Apartment Investment and Management Company (AIMCO) and Rhode Island 15, LP d/b/a Latrobe Apartment Homes (Latrobe).  The Court found that AIMCO and Latrobe had violated the D.C. Human Rights Act and the D.C. Consumer Protection Procedures Act by illegally discriminating against Tiana Martin.  Specifically, AIMCO and Latrobe informed Ms. Martin that they did not accept housing vouchers, and also maintained a statement on their website that they did not accept housing vouchers.  However, such statements and practices violate source of income discrimination protections in Washington, D.C.

Over Defendants’ objections, HFA argued that Defendants should have to pay punitive, compensatory, and statutory damages, and that an injunction against further wrongdoing was necessary to prevent future discrimination against voucher holders.  The Court Agreed that, in addition to compensatory and statutory damages, punitive damages and injunctive relief were warranted.  The Court found that injunctive relief was appropriate because of defendants “recurring violations . . . including violations after the defendants had notice of their unlawful activity.”  The Court also found punitive damages appropriate because the defendants “acted in willful disregard for the rights of the plaintiff.”   The Court further explained that Defendants’ “egregious wrongdoing” justified an award of punitive damages.

A copy of the decision can be found here.

We are lawyers who seek to improve the world. We fight for: workers deprived of wages, consumers deceived about products, tenants denied access to housing, farmers mistreated by processors, parents deprived of adequate parental leave, investors who were defrauded, small businesses harmed by antitrust violations, persons with disabilities denied access, whistleblowers who uncover fraud, and women and communities of color subject to discrimination.

Get in touch

Headquarters

200 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Seventh Floor
Washington, DC 20001
202-559-2433

ATTORNEY ADVERTISING. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.
DISCLAIMER