Woman claims she was evicted for helping disabled apply for tenancy

By Kelly Holleran | Aug 4, 2014

A disabled woman has filed suit against the apartment complex she claims discriminated against her due to her disability.

Lisa Adams filed suit July 25 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas against The Shire Apartments Ltd., The Shire Apartments GP LLC and Prodigem LLC.

According to the complaint, Adams was living in The Shire Apartments, 4020 Highway 365 in Port Arthur, when she helped another individual with a disability apply for tenancy at the apartments. After aiding the disabled individual, Adams claims she began to experience retaliation and intimidation. 

The defendants coerced, intimidated, threatened, interfered with and retaliated against the plaintiff when they hung up the phone, told her to stop calling and sent plaintiff an email stating her own tenancy was in jeopardy if she did not cease assisting the applicant in requesting reasonable accommodations,” the suit states.

In turn, she filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to the complaint. After receiving her complaint, The Shire Apartments evicted Adams and had her Section 8 voucher canceled, the complaint claims.

Adams seeks declaratory judgment, plus actual, compensatory and punitive damages, attorney’s fees and other relief the court deems just.

She is being represented by attorney Mark Lasarz of Houston, David Kahne of Houston and Mark Grandich of Lone Star Legal Aid will be representing her.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas case number 1:14-cv-00390-KFG

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note that a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it represents only one side of the story.

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