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PREDETERMINATION SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT
PARTIES TO THE SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT:
ROBERT (SUSAN) PAIGE
IOWA CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION
400 East 14th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
Description of the Parties:
Complainant alleged Respondents discriminated against her by failing to make repairs and denying her in-person communication with housing provider staff on the basis of sex and gender identity. Respondents deny having discriminated against Complainant, but agree to settle this claim in the underlying action by entering into this Predetermination Settlement Agreement. Respondents own and manage the subject property, an apartment complex, located at REDACTED.
A complaint having been filed by Complainant against Respondents with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission (hereafter referred to as 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 Law
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 Iowa Code Chapter 216; or because of giving testimony or assistance, or participating in any manner in any investigation, proceeding or hearing under Iowa Code Chapter 216; or because of lawful opposition to any practice forbidden under Iowa Code Chapter 216.
2. Respondents acknowledge that the Federal Fair Housing Act makes it unlawful to discriminate against any person because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, national origin, in the terms, conditions, or privileges of the sale, rental, lease assignment, or sublease of any real property or housing accommodation or any part, portion, or interest in the real property or housing accommodation or in the provision of services or facilities in connection with the real property or housing accommodation. 42 U.S.C. § 3604(b).
Respondents also acknowledge that the Iowa Civil Rights Act makes it
unlawful to discriminate against any person because of the person’s race, color,
creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin,
disability, or familial status of such person in the terms, conditions, or
privileges of the sale, rental, lease assignment, or sublease of any real property
or housing accommodation or any part, portion, or interest in the real property
or housing accommodation or in the provision of services or facilities in
connection with the real property or housing accommodation. Iowa Code §
Voluntary and Full Settlement
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. The parties agree the Commission may disclose the terms of this Agreement so long as the Commission does not disclose the identities of the Respondents.
7. 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, and with regard to any and all other matters, subject to performance by Respondent 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 Training
8. Respondents agree to place the federal Fair Housing Poster (English and Spanish) in each of their rental or leasing offices in a conspicuous location, easily viewable to tenants and prospective tenants, within 30 days of Respondents’ receipt of a Closing Letter from the Commission. Respondents also agree to send a statement indicating the necessary posters have been placed to the Commission, to the attention of Natalie Burnham, within 45 days of Respondents’ receipt of a Closing Letter from the Commission.
Relief for Complainant
9. Respondents agree to pay Complainant the sum of Twelve Hundred Dollars ($1,200.00), less no deductions. Respondents agree to send the check to Complainant at a forwarding address provided by Complainant within seven (7) days of Complainant vacating REDACTED (hereafter referred to as the subject unit). Respondents also agree to send a copy of the check to the Commission, to the attention of Don Grove, supervisor of housing investigations, within seven (7) days of Complainant vacating the subject unit.
10. Respondents agree to waive Complainant’s monetary rent obligations of $273 per month for the months of June, July, and August 2013. This includes all rents and fees Complainant has agreed to pay to occupy the subject unit and the accompanying garage, #15, assigned to Complainant.
11. Respondents agree to release Complainant from the terms of their rental agreement on 12:01a.m. Sunday, September 1, 2013. Complainants agree to vacate the subject unit and garage #15 before 12:01a.m.on Sunday, September 1, 2013. Respondents agree to consider Complainant’s departure as a mutually agreed-upon termination of tenancy.
REDACTED, RESPONDENT Date
REDACTED, RESPONDENT Date
Robert (Susan) Paige, COMPLAINANT Date
Beth Townsend, DIRECTOR Date
IOWA CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION
Monetary Value of Settlement:
$1,200 plus release of 3 months rent owed, $819.
Total Value: $2,019