The wife of a prominent attorney will have to continue to share the elevator rides from her penthouse residence with dogs after losing a federal lawsuit against the Union Square Condominium Association. Holl Geraci, wife of bankruptcy attorney Peter F. Geraci had filed a housing discrimination lawsuit in 2015 claiming her fear of dogs was covered under the Fair Housing Act.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the jury ruled in favor of the condo association. Holly claimed she suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after having been attacked by a German shepherd when she was a child. She maintained riding the elevator with large dogs frightened her.
“They didn’t believe that Holly Geraci actually suffered from a disability as it’s defined by the Fair Housing Act,” Graham Miller, an attorney representing the condo association, said Monday.
In 2000, when the Geracis moved into the posh development, there were no dogs allowed, however the association made an exception for their senior dog who weighed ten pounds. By 2004, the building opened their doors for all dogs – no breed exceptions. After that, Holly filed several complaints with the board asking that she be able to ride the elevator without dogs – which would have entailed owners or dog walkers having to get off the elevator whenever Geraci decided to leave or enter the building.
In 2013, Holly became entangled in a physical altercation with a dog walker that later resulted in Holly losing and the plaintiff being awarded $275,000 in damages.
The Geracis have since purchased a 6,000 square foot penthouse at the Ritz Carlton; no dogs allowed.
(Photo via woman suing for dogs on elevator rides via Facebook)
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