A Putnam County Superior Court judge has ruled that Roy Embry and Rhonda Tuttle, both of
“Not only is racial discrimination immoral, it is against the law,” said Attorney General Sam Olens. “My office is fully committed to enforcing
Director and Administrator of the Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity (GCEO) Melvin Everson said, “I am pleased to have worked with the Attorney General’s Office to resolve the complaint filed by Deanna Joseph. The State of
In August of 2009, the couple, Michael and Deanna Joseph, attempted to rent a house located in
Mrs. Joseph filed a complaint with the GCEO, alleging that Embry and Tuttle violated a provision of GFHA that made it unlawful to refuse to rent a dwelling to a person because of race. After the GCEO found reasonable cause to believe that a discriminatory housing practice had occurred, the Attorney General’s Office filed a civil action against Embry and Tuttle to enforce the provisions of the GFHA.
A bench trial was held in Putnam County Superior Court on November 17, 2011, and on November 23, 2011, Judge Hugh V. Wingfield, III, found that Tuttle had violated the GFHA and that Embry was vicariously liable for her actions. Judge Wingfield awarded Mrs. Joseph $5,000.00 in damages and imposed a $3,000.00 civil penalty to be paid to the State of
Assistant Attorney General Jeff Stump tried the case on behalf of the State of