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Consent decree settles discrimination lawsuit against Baldwin Borough apartment complex

| Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 12:45 p.m.

The owner of a Baldwin Borough apartment complex agreed to pay a $15,000 fine and keep a log of people asking about vacancies to settle a federal discrimination lawsuit, according to a consent decree that the government filed on Wednesday.

The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division in September sued S-2 Properties of Castle Shannon. The government claimed the manager of the company's Baldwin Commons property turned away black men, promising to put their names on a waiting list, while telling white men that apartments were available.

The company referred questions to its lawyer, John Corcoran, who could not be reached for comment.

The men were testers the government sent to investigate whether the company was discriminating against potential tenants. The government conducted three tests of the 100-unit complex between February and April last year, the lawsuit stated.

S-2 Properties denied in court documents that it discriminates against minority renters and disputed whether the government's tests revealed discriminatory practices.

S-2 Properties agreed to keep a log for three years, recording whether people were shown available units and if not, why. The company agreed to post signs notifying the public that it rents apartment on a nondiscriminatory basis.

Brian Bowling is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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