The Kansas Court of Appeals on Friday upheld a local jury's finding that a landlord discriminated by refusing to rent to an unmarried, interracial couple.
The court upheld the 2005 judgment against Rex Youngquist and his daughters, Gail Youngquist and Lynne Sander, who together owned and managed the Villa 26 apartment complex.
The city's Human Relations Commission brought suit against them after they refused to rent to Wayne Jackson, who is black, and his girlfriend, Adrianne Morales, who is Latino.
A jury found they had engaged in "intentional racial discrimination" and awarded the couple $3,390 in actual damages. Judge Stephen Six also assessed $76,000 in punitive damages, plus $35,000 to repay the city's legal fees.
Youngquist and his daughters appealed the case on 20 separate grounds, but the appeals court found that none of the issues had merit.
So far, none of the money awarded has been collected, said Max Kautsch, one of the private attorneys who represented the city's human-relations commission.
"I think the court is very clear about what happened here, and in that regard I'm pleased that they saw things our way," he said.