RV Park Pays Settlement In Discrimination Claim

River Bend RV Park

Former residents of a Winston (Ore.) recreational vehicle park were awarded an $8,500 settlement from the park after they claimed discrimination because of their child, a state agency said Tuesday (Oct. 10).

According to The News-Review, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries announced the settlement following an investigation into whether the River Bend RV Park discriminated against residents based on family status, the agency said.

Former River Bend RV Park residents Rick and Crystal Winkley alleged in a 2016 complaint that the owners would not let their children leave spaces unattended and singled out children for restricted access for riding bikes or conveyances in the park roadways, the agency said. The Winkleys also alleged that park managers constantly complained about their 8-year-old daughter.

“Oregon law protects families from unfair treatment when seeking a place to live,” said Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian, in a statement. “We hope that this settlement will help this family as they seek a new home while providing the landlords with valuable training about fair housing requirements.”

In the settlement, the park will pay the former residents $8,500 without admitting liability. And the facility’s owners, managers and on-site managers have completed training on fair housing practices, one of the settlement terms.

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