Housing Discrimination Lawsuit Filed Against Famed New York Real Estate Firm

New York–A class action suit was filed in federal court in Brooklyn on Thursday accusing Brown Harris Stevens–one of New York’s oldest real estate firms–of housing discrimination, the New York Times reports.The suit alleges that Brown Harris steered at least one couple away from apartments where children weren’t welcome and attempted to persuade an undercover Fair Housing Justice Center representative who claimed to have a child out of seeing a Brooklyn Heights apartment.The next week, the same office showed the apartment to another Fair Housing tester claiming to be childless, according to the lawsuit, which is seeking unspecified damages for the couple who the lawsuit was filed on behalf of and a ruling that would order the firm to train its brokers to follow the law.Brown Harris Stevens’ central Manhattan office declined to comment on the suit, according to the Times.