Judith Pierce, a divorced black woman, attempted to rent an apartment from Stahl Management (Stahl) (defendant). Stahl rented the apartment instead to a white person, and Pierce alleged racial discrimination. Kramarksy, a commissioner of the State Division of Human Rights, filed this suit. Stahl responded that Pierce was rejected not because of her race or marital status, but because she indicated on her application that she was an attorney. Stahl felt she would be a troublesome tenant. In support, Stahl showed that many of the units in the building were rented to blacks or singles. Kramarsky sought a temporary restraining order enjoining Stahl from renting the subject apartment to anyone other than Pierce until administrative proceedings with the Division of Human Rights were resolved. The court issued an order to show cause to Stahl.