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Two Trees accused of discrimination in $3M lawsuit

A Bronx organization claims they were unfairly rejected from a Dumbo office building
June 22, 2014 05:00PM

A Bronx organization for the developmentally disabled alleges in a new lawsuit that Two Trees Management unlawfully discriminated against the group.

According to the lawsuit, Gateway Counseling Center attempted to lease Dumbo office space in 2011, but the deal fell through when Two Trees Management realized that Gateway works with Special Olympians, according to the New York Post.

The rejection “was an act of bigotry against developmentally disabled citizens . . . whom [they] simply did not want in their upscale artistic/commercial space,” Gateway wrote in the $3 Million Bronx Supreme Court suit.

However, Two Trees argues that they simply don’t rent space for use as schools. The company added that it regularly rents to non-profits and social-service groups. The landlord and Domino Sugar Factory developer called the lawsuit “baseless allegations by a group looking for a payout.” [NYP]Christopher Cameron