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Resident alleges discrimination at retirement home

January 14, 2019 GMT

NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A 73-year-old man is suing the owners of a Massachusetts retirement home, saying they illegally pressured him to leave his home.

Joseph Crowley’s lawsuit against Whitinsville Retirement Home in Northbridge is being brought under the federal Fair Housing Act, state anti-discrimination laws and other laws.

The Telegram and Gazette reports that Crowley is seeking $1 million. He contends the home is “simply private rental housing that is subject to state and federal housing discrimination laws.”

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Crowley alleges the home attempted to pressure him to leave because of his disabilities. He also contends he was made to sign an agreement that mandated participation in Christian religious devotions.

A lawyer for the retirement home acknowledges the retirement home isn’t a licensed nursing or rehabilitation facility, but denies the allegations made in the lawsuit.

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Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com