Landlady fined $11k for banning disability dogs

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's civil rights commission has ordered a northwest Ohio landlady accused of housing discrimination against undercover testers to pay more than $11,000 in actual damages and attorneys' fees.

In its decision Thursday, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission declined to award punitive damages against Helen Grybosky of Conneaut that also had been sought.

Grybosky was accused in a 2009 complaint of telling testers with disability dogs that pets weren't allowed or required an extra deposit. A second complaint claims the woman told a tester with a child that she could only rent a downstairs unit at a higher cost.

An administrative judge previously upheld the allegations first investigated by Painesville, Ohio-based Fair Housing Resource Center.

Grybosky argued no discrimination occurred because no actual renters were involved.

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