A non-profit housing group alleges racial discrimination in a lawsuit filed Monday against the operators of the South Tower CityPlace condominium in West Palm Beach.
The Fair Housing Center of the Greater Palm Beaches said it conducted three tests from March 2012 to February 2014 to determine the 420-unit condo’s compliance with the federal Fair Housing Act.
In each instance, the condo’s representative allegedly provided a African-American tester with “misinformation or inferior service compared to the white tester who visited a short time later,” according to the suit filed in U.S. District Court in West Palm Beach.
“The tests showed stark differences in treatment,” said Reed Colfax, a lawyer for the Lantana-based fair housing center. “There are probably a number of victims out there who don’t know they were victims.”
Attorneys for defendants Al Coker & Associates and Cervera Real Estate could not be reached for comment Monday. Cervera “appears to have ended its role as the primary sales and marketing representative” at the complex, the suit said.
Two entities that owned condo units in bulk also were named as defendants.
South Tower CityPlace, also known as CityPlace South Tower, is located at 550 Okeechobee Boulevard, next to the CityPlace development.
The suit seeks unspecified damages and a permanent injunction to stop the alleged discrimination.