CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man has agreed to pay $25,000 to settle a lawsuit accusing him of discouraging families with children from living in an apartment complex he owns.
The agreement approved this week by a federal judge in Charleston requires John Wingard Altman to pay a $10,000 civil penalty to the federal government. Altman also has to pay $15,000 to two people harmed by his discrimination.
Federal officials say a September 2011 lawsuit accuses Altman of violating the Fair Housing Act by actively discouraging families with children from living in his 16-unit apartment complex in Summerville.
Altman's attorney did not immediately return a message Tuesday.
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