Raygor v Walton Woods Limited Partnership

07/06/2021
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PREDETERMINATION SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT

 

CP# 04-21-76482

HUD# 07-21-7205-8

 

PARTIES TO THE SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT

 

 

RESPONDENTS

 

WALTON WOODS LIMITED PARTNERSHIP

127 Public Square, Ste 4000

Cleveland, OH 44114-1309

 

MILLENNIA HOUSING MANAGEMENT, LTD.

127 Public Square, Ste 4000

Cleveland, OH 44114-1309

 

HEATHER FURR

Millennia Housing Management, Ltd

127 Public Square, Ste 4000

Cleveland, OH 44114-1309

 

DANI SANDERS

Walton Woods Apartments

1000 W Adams St, OFC

Jefferson, IA 50129-1474

 

COMPLAINANT

 

RODNEY RAYGOR

211 E Wilcox Way

Jefferson, IA 50129-2734

 

and

 

IOWA CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION

400 East 14th Street

Des Moines, Iowa 50319

 

Description of the Parties: Complainant is a male who alleges Respondent made the subject property unavailable to him by not moving him up on the waitlist because of his sex. The subject property is a multi-unit apartment complex located at 1000 W Adams St, Jefferson, IA 50129.

 

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 Walton Woods Limited Partnership, Millennia Housing Management, Ltd, and Heather Furr, agree there shall be no discrimination, harassment, or retaliation of any kind against Complainants 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.         Respondents Walton Woods Limited Partnership, Millennia Housing Management, Ltd, and Heather Furr acknowledge 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).

 

3.         Respondents Walton Woods Limited Partnership, Millennia Housing Management, Ltd, and Heather Furr acknowledge 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).

 

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 their 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 Walton Woods Limited Partnership and Millennia Housing Management, Ltd agree the Commission may review compliance with this Agreement.  And as part of such review, Respondent agrees 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 Training

 

10.       Respondents Walton Woods Limited Partnership and Millennia Housing Management, Ltd will require training on the requirements of State and Federal Fair Housing Laws for any employees or agents who are involved in the management or operation of Walton Woods Apartments within 30 days of their receipt of a Closing Letter from the Commission. The training shall be conducted by a qualified person, approved by the Commission or the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. This includes a HUD produced video titled “The Basics of the Fair Housing Act” which can be accessed via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egXPe7HT7tc. Additionally, all new employees complete fair housing training at the time of their hire as part of Millennia’s internal onboarding program. Respondent Dani Sanders is no longer employed with Respondents Walton Woods Limited Partnership or Millennia Housing Management, Ltd and is therefore not required to participate in the above-referenced training requirement.

 

 

Relief for Complainant

 

11.       Respondents Walton Woods Limited Partnership and Millennia Housing Management, Ltd agree to pay Complainant $100.00 without any deductions.  Respondents agree the Settlement Check will be made out to Rodney Raygor and sent to him at the address listed on page one of this Agreement.

 

Reporting and Record-Keeping

12.       Respondents Walton Woods Limited Partnership and Millennia Housing Management, Ltd shall forward to the Commission objective evidence of the successful completion of fair housing training in the form of a Certificate or a letter from the entity conducting the training or signed sworn statement from Respondent stating the time and location of their training and the entity that conducted the training, as evidence of compliance with Term 10 of this Agreement within ten (10) days of the completion of the training.

 

 

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

 

Amy Quail

Iowa Civil Rights Commission

Grimes State Office Building

400 East 14th Street

Des Moines, Iowa 50319

Amy.quail@iowa.gov 

Telephone: 515-725-1082

 

 

____________________________________________________                _____________

WALTON WOODS LIMITED PARTNERSHIP,                                        Date

RESPONDENT                                                        

 

 

__________________________________________________                    _____________

MILLENNIA HOUSING MANAGEMENT, LTD,                                      Date

RESPONDENT                                                                                

 

 

__________________________________________________                    _____________

HEATHER FURR, RESPONDENT                                                             Date

 

 

__________________________________________________                    _____________

DANI SANDERS, RESPONDENT                                                              Date

 

 

__________________________________________________                    _____________

RODNEY RAYGOR, COMPLAINANT                                                       Date

 

 

___________________________________________________                  _____________

CHARLES HILL, INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR                            Date

IOWA CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION