Gay pair awarded $147K in Council Bluffs bias case

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A Council Bluffs jury has awarded a gay couple $147,000 in their discrimination lawsuit.

The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/11cR3lq ) that the Iowa Civil Rights Commission had sued an apartment management company, New Life Multi-Family Management LLC, on behalf of Charles Anderson and Brandon Morehead. The commission says the jury last week found in favor of the couple.

The commission says a maintenance technician employed by New Life Multi-Family had harassed Anderson and Morehead, who shared a one-bedroom in a complex managed by the company. The commission also says the technician continued to deride the men with epithets even after they complained to the apartment complex manager.

The lawsuit says the company didn’t correct the technician’s behavior, which was discriminatory against Anderson and Morehead, based on their sexual orientation.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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