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Phoenix apartment complex must pay renters $34K in discrimination case

The owner of an east Phoenix apartment complex has agreed to a settle accusations of discrimination against renters who understand little English.

The case began in August 2020 when a complaint was filed with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Records say the Roosevelt Plaza Apartments denies any discrimination, but agreed to settle the Fair Housing and Civil Rights complaint.

Federal officials say the complaint was made by a woman who understands little English because she’s from the African country Chad. She alleged that the complex owner and manager expected her to sign documents in English and didn't provide the language help needed.

The settlement calls for the complex owner to make up to $34,000 in total payments to the woman and other renters who understand little English.

The owner must also provide translation services and send staff to fair housing training. 

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Matthew Casey has won Edward R. Murrow awards for hard news and sports reporting since he joined KJZZ as a senior field correspondent in 2015.