Tenant wins $14,000 in service-animal dispute with Scott housing agency

The Georgetown Housing Authority has paid a tenant $14,000 after it refused to accommodate her need for a service animal, according to the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights.

The commission found probable cause that the housing agency discriminated against Johnna French in violation of the Kentucky Civil Rights Act and the U.S. Fair Housing Act, commission officials said in a news release this week. French made the allegations in February 2010.

In an agreement with French, the housing authority denied any violation of the law, agreed not to discriminate, and agreed to pay $14,000 to French and $1,000 to the state human rights commission, the commission said.

The housing authority also agreed to reinstate French into its Housing Choice Voucher program, to undergo compliance training and to undergo compliance monitoring by the commission for three years, the news release said.