Co-op boards can accept or reject an application for any legal reasons. Discrimination is not legal.
New York, New York (PRWEB) May 16, 2013
A bill before the New York City Council would require co-op board members to sign a statement confirming they did not discriminate against potential buyers on the basis of race, national origin or other criteria when rejecting applicants, reported The New York Times(5.10.13). New York civil rights violation lawyer David Perecman supports the bill.
“Discrimination is in violation of fair housing laws,” said Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, one of New York’s civil rights violation law firms.
The bill will also require co-op board members to accept or deny all applications within 45 days. Delays or unresponsiveness from a board have been employed as a way to discriminate. Having a deadline will prevent this from happening, reported The New York Times.
Stronger anti-discrimination bills were presented in the past but real estate groups strongly opposed them, said The New York Times. Those bills were written to force boards to explain their reasons for rejecting an application.
“Appropriate steps must be taken to ensure that individuals are not discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, or other certain characteristics,” said Perecman. “Co-op boards can accept or reject an application for any legal reasons. Discrimination is not legal.''
Individuals who believe they have been victims of a New York civil rights violation including race discrimination or sexual harassment in the workplace can contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.
The New York Times article is "Proposals Seek to Curb Bias by Co-op Boards."
About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:
For the past 30 years, the New York civil rights violation, medical malpractice, construction accident, and auto accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of cases including racial profiling and bias crimes. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, has been recognized for his achievements as an Honoree in the National Law Journal's Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine's "The Best Lawyers in America" and The New York Times Magazine "New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition" for the years 2007-2010. The prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranks The Perecman Firm among the top 20 personal injury firms in New York City for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.
The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict** for a construction accident (Index 112370/03) Supreme Court, New York County, a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident (Index 2749/04) Supreme Court, Kings County, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice (Index 2146/03)****Supreme Court, Kings County.
The Perecman Firm serves Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester, Upstate NY, Morris County, and Rockland County.
**later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million
*** later settled for $3.5 million
**** total potential payout
"Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome."