City of Lawrence files housing lawsuit on behalf of veteran

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – The City of Lawrence is suing a local management company, saying a veteran with an emotional support animal was discriminated against when he tried to rent a townhome.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the lawsuit was filed by the City of Lawrence Human Relations Commission. It says KanMar Management LLC violated fair housing laws by refusing to rent to Christopher Evans based on his disability and use of a service dog. The lawsuit says the company refused based on the pet policy of townhomes even though Evans supplied a letter from his therapist regarding the dog.

Lyndon and Kathi Mullis own and operate the management company. They declined to comment on the lawsuit.

The lawsuit seeks damages of more than $75,000.

A court hearing has not yet been scheduled.