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Kalamazoo apartment manager learns discrimination can come in many forms


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- It may not be the picture that readily jumps to mind when you hear the words housing discrimination, but a Kalamazoo Couple has gotten a 47-thousand dollar settlement from a west side apartment complex because they were under the age of 55.

The news release is on the website of the Fair Housing Center. Apparently Kenneth and Teresa Miller were evicted because the owners preferred to have older renters.

The complex also refused a request to rent the couple a two bedroom apartment because the manager feared their granddaughter would come to live with them.

This happened in 2009. After an investigation, they filed suit and it was just settled.As part of the settlement, the complex has to stop using words in their advertising that suggest they are for seniors only and drop a one couple-one bedroom policy.

The staff will also be required to undergo training to avoid discrimination in the future.

They may also get socked with the Miller’s attorney fees.