Bridgeport Couple Face Discrimination Charges In Home Sale
By Marcus Gilmer in News on Aug 10, 2010 9:00PM
The house at the center of the charges, Photo via
Lo and behold, just two months later, in March, the home was once again listed for the same price ($1.799 million). The Willborns then filed a complaint that this violated the Fair Housing Act and HUD interviewed both Lowe and the Sabbias. While the Sabbias insisted they didn't want to sell their home below the $1.799 million asking price, Lowe, according to WBBM 780 AM, "told HUD investigators that Daniel Sabbia had expressed a preference not to sell his home to an African-American." Busted.
The case will be heard by an administrative law judge who will decide whether or not any discrimination occurred and, if so, could also issue fines up to $16,000. That's all unless any of the parties involved wants to kick this up to federal court in which case punitive damages come in to play as well. Both the Lowe Group Chicago, Inc. and real estate broker, Prudential Rubloff Properties are also charged in the complaint. John Trasviña, HUD Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, said in a press release, “Racial fairness is important at all income levels. Civil rights enforcement must be the effective shield against housing discrimination that in this case wealth was not."