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Ohio landlady fined $11,000 by civil rights panel

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's civil rights commission has ordered a northeast Ohio landlady accused of housing discrimination against undercover testers to pay more than $11,000 in actual damages and attorneys' fees.

In its decision Thursday, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission declined to award punitive damages against Helen Grybosky (grih-BOW'-skee) of Conneaut (KAW'-nee-awt) that also had been sought.

Grybosky was accused in a 2009 complaint of telling testers with disability dogs that pets weren't allowed or required an extra deposit. A second complaint claims the woman told a tester with a child that she could only rent a downstairs unit at a higher cost.

An administrative judge previously upheld the allegations first investigated by Painesville, Ohio-based Fair Housing Resource Center.

Grybosky argued no discrimination occurred because no actual renters were involved.

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