PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Justice Department is suing the owners and on-site manager of a Pittsburgh-area apartment complex, saying black “testers” sent to rent apartments earlier this year were turned away, while whites were told apartments were available.

The federal lawsuit filed Tuesday targets S-2 Properties and Bill Turzai, the on-site manager at Baldwin Commons, who referred questions to attorney John Paul Corcoran Jr.

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Corcoran tells The Associated Press, “The claims are absolutely meritless. My clients do not and have never discriminated against anyone.”

The lawsuit contends a white “tester” was offered a two-bedroom townhome on Feb. 19, while a black person was told the complex was “fully occupied” the next day. Hours later, another white tester was allegedly told a unit was available immediately.

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Federal attorneys claim tests in March and April produced similar results.

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