February 25, 1990
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund won a big one last week. Lawyers negotiated a $450,000 settlement, the largest ever in an individual housing discrimination suit. The case stemmed from a complaint at an apartment complex in Westchester. One hopes the steep penalty will serve as a warning of just how harsh the consequences of unfair discrimination can be. In the past, landlords and apartment managers could routinely ignore fair housing laws.