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Court Dismisses Discrimination Claim Brought by Applicants Who Refused to Provide Proof of Income

A couple sought to purchase a cooperative unit that was subject to an income limitation.  They claimed they met the income requirements and were eligible, and sued the cooperative when their application was denied.  However, even during the litigation, the plaintiffs failed to submit evidence such as income tax returns, proof of employment or income, or information needed to conduct a credit check, even after being afforded multiple chances to do so.  The court held that in light of their failure to submit evidence, plaintiffs had failed to establish they were qualified for an apartment.  The court also noted that plaintiffs had failed to submit any evidence that defendants had discriminated on the basis of the alleged disability of one of the plaintiffs, because he had merely alleged that he was disabled without providing any supporting details.  Accordingly, plaintiffs’ claims were dismissed.  Wood v. Mutual Redevelopment Houses, Inc., No. 19 Civ. 9563 (AT), 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 177565 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 17, 2021).