Christal Shetworth v Jodi Green, et al.

06/26/2018
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PARTIES TO THE SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT

 

 

 

CP# 02-18-71637

 

HUD# 07-18-8527-8

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONDENTS

 

 

 

VILLAS AT MEADOW SPRINGS, LP

 

1730 East Republic Road Suite F

 

PO Box 3737 GS

 

Springfield, MO 65808

 

 

 

WILHOIT PROPERTIES, INC.

 

1730 East Republic Road Suite F

 

PO Box 3737 GS

 

Springfield, MO 65808

 

 

 

JODI GREEN

 

Villas At Meadow Springs

 

710 South Ankeny Blvd. - Office

 

Ankeny, Iowa 50023

 

 

 

COMPLAINANT

 

 

 

CHRISTAL SHETWORTH

 

304 NW College Avenue Apartment 2

 

Ankeny, Iowa 50023

 

 

 

and

 

 

 

IOWA CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION

 

400 East 14th Street

 

Des Moines, Iowa 50319

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Description of the Parties:   Complainant alleges discrimination in the area of housing on the basis of race (Black).  Complainant alleges Respondents denied her application for tenancy due to her race.  Respondents deny having discriminated against Complainant, but agree to settle this claim in the underlying action by entering into this Predetermination Settlement Agreement. The subject property is a 48-unit apartment complex, known as, Villas At Meadow Springs, located at 710 South Ankeny Boulevard, Ankeny, Iowa 50023.

 

 

 

Terms of Settlement: A complaint having been filed by Complainant against Respondents with the Commission under Iowa Code Chapter 216 and there having been a preliminary inquiry, the parties do hereby agree and settle the above-captioned matter in the following extent and manner:

 

 

 

Acknowledgment of Fair Housing Laws

 

 

 

1.         Respondents agree there shall be no discrimination, harassment, or retaliation of any kind against Complainant or any other person for filing a charge under the “Iowa Civil Rights Act of 1965” (ICRA); or because of giving testimony or assistance, or participating in any manner in any investigation, proceeding or hearing under the ICRA; or because of lawful opposition to any practice forbidden by the ICRA.  Iowa Code § 216.11(2).

 

 

 

2.         Respondent acknowledges the ICRA makes it unlawful to discriminate in the terms, conditions or privileges of sale or rental of a dwelling or in the provision of services or facilities in connection with the dwelling because of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, disability, or familial status.  Iowa Code § 216.8(1)(b).

 

 

 

Respondent acknowledges that the Federal Fair Housing Act, as amended, makes it unlawful to discriminate in the terms, conditions or privileges of sale or rental of a dwelling, or in the provision of services or facilities in connection therewith, because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, national origin, or disability.

 

42 U.S.C. 3604(b), 3604(f)(2) (§ 804 of the Fair Housing Act).

 

 

 

3.         Respondent acknowledges the ICRA makes it unlawful to sell, rent, lease, assign, sublease, refuse to negotiate, or to otherwise make unavailable, or deny any real property or housing accommodation or part, portion, or interest therein, to any person because of the race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, or familial status of such person. Iowa Code § 216.8(1)(a).

 

Respondent acknowledges the Fair Housing Act (FHA) makes it unlawful to sell, rent, lease, assign, sublease, refuse to negotiate, or to otherwise make unavailable, or deny any real property or housing accommodation or part, portion, or interest therein, to any person because of the of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, or national origin.

 

42 U.S.C. 3604(a) (§ 804(a) of the FHA).

 

 

 

Voluntary and Full Settlement

 

 

 

4.         The parties acknowledge this Predetermination Settlement Agreement is a voluntary and full settlement of the disputed complaint.  The parties affirm they have read and fully understand the terms set forth herein.  No party has been coerced, intimidated, threatened or in any way forced to become a party to this Agreement.

 

 

 

5.         The parties enter into this Agreement in a good faith effort to amicably resolve existing disputes.  The execution of this Agreement is not an admission of any wrongdoing or violation of law.  Nor is the execution of this Agreement an admission by Complainant that any claims asserted in her complaint are not fully meritorious.

 

 

 

6.         The parties agree the execution of this Agreement may be accomplished by separate counterpart executions of this Agreement.  The parties agree the original executed signature pages will be attached to the body of this Agreement to constitute one document.

 

7.         Respondents agree the Commission may review compliance with this Agreement.  And as part of such review, Respondents agree the Commission may examine witnesses, collect documents, or require written reports, all of which will be conducted in a reasonable manner by the Commission.  

 

 

 

Disclosure

 

 

 

8.         Because, pursuant to Iowa Code § 216.15A(2)(d), the Commission has not determined that disclosure is not necessary to further the purposes of the ICRA relating to unfair or discriminatory practices in housing or real estate, this Agreement is a public record and subject to public disclosure in accordance with Iowa’s Public Records Law, Iowa Code Chapter 22.  See Iowa Code § 22.13. 

 

 

 

Release

 

 

 

9.         Complainant hereby waives, releases, and covenants not to sue Respondents with respect to any matters which were, or might have been alleged as charges filed with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, Department of Housing and Urban Development, or any other anti-discrimination agency, subject to performance by Respondents of the promises and representations contained herein. Complainant agrees any complaint filed with any other anti-discrimination agency, including the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, Department of Housing and Urban Development, which involves the issues in this complaint, shall be closed as Satisfactorily Adjusted.

 

 

 

Fair Housing Poster

 

 

 

10.        Within thirty (30) of the execution of this Settlement Agreement, Respondent agrees to place the Fair Housing Poster (English and Spanish) at the subject property, in a conspicuous location easily viewable to tenants and prospective tenants. The Fair Housing Posters can be obtained online at:

 

https://icrc.iowa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/2015/2015FairHousingPosterGeneral.pdf

 

https://icrc.iowa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/2015/2015FHPosterGeneralSpanish.pdf

 

Respondent agrees to send documentation to the Commission verifying the fair housing posters have been posted within ten (10) days of displaying the posters.

 

Relief for Complainant

 

 

 

11.       Within three business days of receiving Complainant’s signed Settlement Agreement, Respondents agree to pay Complainant $1,000.00 without any deductions, and send said check to her via overnight mail.   Respondents agree the Settlement Check will be made out to Christal Shetworth and sent to her at her address listed on page one of this Settlement Agreement.

 

 

 

Within seven days of receiving a Closing Letter from the Commission, Respondents agree to send a copy of the Settlement Check to the Commission.

 

 

 

Reporting and Record-Keeping

 

 

 

12.       Respondents shall forward to the Commission objective evidence verifying the fair housing posters have been posted within ten (10) days of displaying the posters, as evidence of compliance with Term 10 of this Agreement.

 

 

 

13.       Within seven days of receiving a Closing Letter from the Commission, Respondents agree to send a copy of the Settlement Check to the Commission, as evidence of compliance with Term 11 of this Agreement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All required documentation of compliance must be submitted via email or U.S. Mail to:

 

 

 

Sylvia Owens

 

Iowa Civil Rights Commission

 

Grimes State Office Building

 

400 East 14th Street,

 

Des Moines, Iowa 50319

 

sylvia.owens@iowa.gov

 

Telephone: 515-281-6434

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

__________________________________________________        _____________

 

Villas At Meadow Springs, LP, RESPONDENT                                Date

 

 

 

 

 

__________________________________________________        _____________

 

Wilhoit Properties, Inc., RESPONDENT                                           Date

 

 

 

 

 

__________________________________________________        _____________

 

Jodi Green, RESPONDENT                                                              Date

 

 

 

 

 

__________________________________________________        ______________

 

Christal Shetworth, COMPLAINANT                                                 Date

 

 

 

 

 

___________________________________________________      _____________

 

Kristin H. Johnson, DIRECTOR                                                        Date

 

IOWA CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION