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Nikia Holland.

Holland et al v Camelot

#W05-15 | Location: Ypsilanti | Court Level: Federal | Settlement: $47,500

Categories: Race, Rental
Tags: African American, Black

Nikia Holland, an African-American woman, and her white friends Suzanne and Eric Trader accepted $47,500 to settle a race discrimination case against the owners of Camelot Apartment in Ypsilanti Township. In 2005, Ms. Holland and her friend contacted the FHC to complain about manager Deanna Larivee. Their complaints included: the use of racial epithets, harassing white tenants to stay away from African-American friends and tenants, and failing to make repairs in Ms. Holland’s apartment. Testing evidence supported their claims of race discrimination. The case, litigated in Federal Court by FHC Cooperating Attorney Jonathan G. Weber, was assigned to Federal Judge Bernard A. Friedman. Shortly after the case settled Ms. Holland (herself a rental property manager) was sent to dismiss the staff at several apartment complexes recently acquired by her company. When she arrived at a complex in Milan, Michigan she came face to face with none other than Deanna Larivee, former manager of Camelot Apartments.

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