A woman’s decision to leave her home in the middle of the night for a house party that would be her last in a year has earned her a $250,000 lawsuit.
The woman, named only as Jane Doe, was among dozens of homeless women to file the lawsuit on Monday in New York City federal court.
The lawsuit claims Jane Doe was evicted by the City of New York, which has a policy of allowing evictions to happen only after the tenant has been homeless for six months or more.
The lawsuit claims that the New York Civil Liberties Union was notified of the eviction in February and that Jane Doe had not filed a lawsuit.
It is unclear whether Jane Doe is the same woman who filed the suit earlier this month against the New Jersey-based apartment complex that has become the center of the “house party” scandal.
In the lawsuit, Jane Doe claimed that she has been on the streets since the early morning hours of March 13, 2017, when a friend of hers and a couple of friends who had stayed at her house in the Hamptons noticed her sleeping in the back of her vehicle.
Jane Doe’s friend called police and, according to the lawsuit filed in federal court in Manhattan, the officers arrested Jane Doe and took her to the local precinct.
She was taken to the hospital for treatment and later released, the lawsuit claims.
After her release, Jane and her friend had to drive to a local motel, where she stayed with a man, the suit claims.
The suit claims Jane and the other woman were evicted from their apartment in the same week by the same building and that the eviction was “an egregious violation of their civil rights and the rights of others.”
It also claims the eviction “violated her constitutional rights,” including her right to privacy, due process and equal protection of the laws.
“It was an eviction on the basis of the tenant’s gender, ethnicity and race,” the lawsuit says.
“Jane Doe was forced to move into a building with people who are different than her and she was not given any opportunity to defend herself,” the suit adds.
“This is discrimination, plain and simple,” said attorney William J. Zaremba, who represents Jane Doe.
Jane has been living in the shelter for a year, but the lawsuit suggests she may be entitled to legal aid and is seeking at least $1 million in damages.
In a statement, the building that has been the center for the scandal said it had no comment on the suit and referred all questions to the New Orleans Police Department.
In recent months, the New Yorker has been featured on ABC’s “20/20” as one of the most prominent women to speak out against the rampant housing crisis in the city.