"Each time our white testers were shown apartments and our black testers were refused," says Patricia Gatling, Commissioner of the Human Rights Commission.
The Commission's probe was triggered by a black man's complaint that Harari Realty
told him by phone there were apartments available in a well-kept complex on 85th Road in Briarwood, Queens.
But when he
went to the office, Harari Realty
"declined to show (him)...any apartments in the Briarwood complex."
The same thing happened twice to the Commission's black investigators.
"How outrageous is that, that in this day and age, in New York City a black man with means can't get an apartment where he
wants to live in Queens.It's outrageous," Gatling
It's disparate treatment, it's discrimination, it's illegal," Gatling