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Landlord pays thousands in discrimination suit

The owner and manager of an apartment complex in La Crosse have agreed to pay over 57,000 to settle a federal discrimination suit.

The U.S. Justice Department said the manager of Geneva Terrace told prospective African-American renters that apartments were not available, while telling Caucasian renters that they were available.

Justice officials said the defendants will pay $47,000 to the couple who was turned away for an apartment, even though the building had signs advertising vacancies. The Geneva Terrace owner and manager must also pay a civil penalty of $10,000.