Oregon Newspaper Sued Over Rental Ad Prohibiting Children

March 13, 2014

The state labor agency has sued a weekly Junction City newspaper over a rental ad that prohibited families with children.

The Register-Guard reported the lawsuit filed against The Tribune News is seeking $59,500 in damages.

The ad, which ran once each in 2010 and 2011, offered a three-bedroom apartment above a funeral home and specifically said “no minor children.”

LawsuitState law prohibits the housing discrimination on the basis of family status.

A mother of two saw the ad and complained to the Fair Housing Council of Oregon.

The suit claims that the newspaper’s current publisher bought the paper after the ad first ran.

The suit claims that when confronted with the ad, the publisher told a state investigator he believed children should not be living above a funeral home.

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  • March 13, 2014 at 6:50 pm
    Huh! says:
    The current owner didn't place the ad or even take the order. I see no reason why they should be held liable for the content of the ad. As to discriminating against the young... read more
  • March 13, 2014 at 1:37 pm
    The newspaper is not liable---they didn't place the order! The funeral home probably owns the apartment and placed the order. I guess they can't rent it or risk squalling br... read more
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