R.F. from Fairfield County, Connecticut writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
The Board of the Condominium where I have lived for the last 20 years repeatedly, arbitrarily and discriminatorily designates white owners; all newcomers to the community to fill the new vacancies in the Association. In the recent elections held on December 16, 2021, I was the third person with the most votes out of 5 candidates. The third seat vacant after a member resigned in the same week as the election was immediately filled at the election of the president by a white person who had gotten significantly fewer votes than me, who was the only Latino, when the logical option would have been me for the highest vote received. On three occasions there have been free positions on the Board, being chosen to fill it immediately by owners who have only months since buying the property and who do not even know the name of their next-door neighbor but who meet the sole requirement of being white of origin. A former president left a list of “recommendations” of only whites to fill the positions vacancies This has been so extreme that on one occasion a former president who no longer lived in the Condominium, told me that no one wanted to fill a vacated position in the Association.
Mister Condo replies:
R.F., I apologize for having to edit your question. It was a bit lengthy and far too specific for this particular forum. Clearly, you are incensed by the behavior of your Board, and rightly so from what you have explained. However, as long as the rules of election and appointment of folks to serve vacated positions are being followed, it would be very difficult to demonstrate the charge of racism that you allege. Elections are being held and legitimate candidates, yourself included, are not being forbidden to run. When Board vacancies occur, the seated Board is making appointments, as they are required to do by the rules of the association. I am not an attorney and offer no legal advice in this column. If you feel you have had your rights violated and wish to pursue the matter further, I am afraid your only true recourse may be a lawsuit should an attorney tell you that you have a winnable case. Racism should never be tolerated. However, it must also be proven. A court of law is the right venue to determine if laws have been broken. All the best!