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Shellhammer v. Lewallen
United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
No. C 82-689 (1983)
Tammy and Thomas Shellhammer (plaintiffs) were tenants to Norman and Jacqueline Lewallen (defendants). The Shellhammers sued Lewallen for sex discrimination under the Fair Housing Act (FHA), alleging the Lewallens conditioned the rental of the premises on the posing for nude photographs and performance of sexual acts by Mrs. Shellhammer with Mr. Lewallen. Mrs. Shellhammer refused. The Shellhammers alleged that Mr. Lewallen brought eviction proceedings against the Shellhammers on the pretextual basis that rent was not paid. The Shellhammers sought equitable and legal relief on their own behalf and the behalf of a class, alleging that the Lewallens maintained a similar pattern and practice towards other female tenants.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Per curiam)
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