Suit alleges disability-based discrimination in housing

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Justice Department is suing an Ohio-based builder and owner of apartment complexes and associates saying they failed to design and construct housing units and other facilities accessible to people with disabilities.

The lawsuit filed Thursday in Ohio against Ohio-based Miller-Valentine Operations Inc. and some affiliates says 82 of the company’s properties in Ohio and 12 other states aren’t accessible to those with disabilities. It alleges defendants failed to be in compliance with requirements of the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Miller-Valentine didn’t immediately respond to a message Thursday seeking comment at its Cincinnati offices.

The lawsuit seeks an order that, in part, requires that defendants bring the properties into compliance and pay monetary damages to persons harmed by the lack of accessibility.

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