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Geoff Greenwood, Communications Director
515-281-6699, geoff.greenwood@iowa.gov
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, April 11, 2014

Fair Housing Group Honors Assistant Attorneys General for Housing Discrimination Case

Fair Housing Center of Nebraska-Iowa presents Founders Awards to
Assistant AGs Grant Dugdale & Katie Fiala for
Council Bluffs housing discrimination case

(DES MOINES, Iowa) The Fair Housing Center of Nebraska-Iowa Thursday honored two assistant attorneys general for their work in a Council Bluffs housing discrimination case last year that resulted in a $147,000 judgment against a Minnesota housing management company.

The center awarded Grant Dugdale and Katie Fiala its Founders Award at the organization’s annual Toast to Fair Housing fundraising event in Omaha.

Dugdale and Fiala filed the Iowa Civil Rights Commission lawsuit on behalf of two tenants, Charles Anderson and Brandon Morehouse.  The lawsuit alleged that employees or agents of New Life Multi-Family Management LLC, of Medina, Minnesota, violated the Iowa Civil Rights Act and the Fair Housing Act.  Both laws prohibit interference, coercion or intimidation in housing based on a protected class status.

In June, after a four-day trial, a Pottawattamie County jury awarded the tenants $147,000 in damages after the jury found that the defendants discriminated against the tenants based on their sexual orientation.

“We’re proud of the work our lawyers did on this case, which resulted in a very large judgment that sent a powerful message about Iowa’s intolerance for housing discrimination,” Deputy Attorney General Thomas H. Miller said.

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