Real estate firm to pay $25K after race-discrimination complaint

Brotman Enterprises L.L.C., a Bucks County real estate company, agreed to pay $25,000 to resolve allegations that its agents discriminated against African American prospective renters, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said Tuesday.

Brotman employees allegedly steered white testers posing as rental applicants to neighborhoods described as safer, while directing black testers to areas agents considered "rough," HUD said.

The National Fair Housing Alliance, which receives HUD funds to combat housing discrimination, filed the complaint against Brotman after alliance testers visited Brotman agents in the Feasterville-Trevose area.

Under the terms of the Conciliation Agreement, Brotman will pay the $25,000 to the alliance, get fair housing training for all of its leasing agents and managers, and establish a nondiscrimination rental policy.

Persons who believe they have experienced discrimination may file a complaint by contacting HUD's Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at 800-669-9777. - Erin Arvedlund