HIV Positive Status Is the Basis for Housing Discrimination in New York Federal Lawsuit

October 31, 2015
Legal Broadcast Network

New York federal district court Judge Arthur Spatt has denied a defense motion for summary judgment in a housing discrimination case, allowing the case to move forward towards a jury trial. The discrimination alleged in this lawsuit is based on a landlord’s refusal to rent an apartment based on the HIV status of one of the potential renters. The lawsuit alleges that the refusal to rent violates both the U.S. Fair Housing Act and the New York State Human Rights Law. Plaintiff Sharon Johnson is represented by New York lawyer Frederick K. Brewington, who discusses the case in this report.