The plaintiff, who is of Middle Eastern descent, construed the comment as "stereotype-evoking" and "offensive."
According to the lawsuit, CMA and the building's association responded to the woman's complaints by assessing fines against her, threatening her with civil and criminal charges, and forbidding her from communicating with the company.
The plaintiff's attorney, Candice Blain, believes the alleged conduct reflects a prevailing attitude of permissibility relating to discrimination against Arab Americans: "Expressions of anti-Arab sentiment have become normalized," Blain said, adding that, "in this case, the mindset that it is acceptable to punish someone for opposing such mistreatment was not just morally wrong—it is unlawful."
The suit, Case No. 2016CV262014, alleges violations of federal, state, and local fair housing laws, and seeks punitive damages.
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