A gay and biracial couple have filed a lawsuit against a posh Manhattan skyscraper, accusing the building’s management of discriminating, harassing and retaliating against them because of their race and their sexual orientation.
The $2.1 million lawsuit alleges that former Dorchester Towers residents Anthony Dolci and Ming Infante “were systematically and aggressively discriminated against and subjected to harassment tactics by building employees.”
Dolci, 53, organizer and activist, and Infante, 58, business analyst, have been together for 22 years. In 2016, they moved from Hong Kong to New York, where they settled in Dorchester Towers on the Upper West Side, a luxury apartment building that boasts of being “proud of your daily life” with its “glove service”. white”, its terrace and its private driveway. The couple paid $2,850 a month for their one-bedroom apartment in 2016; now some bedrooms are renting for over $5,000 a month. Dolci operated a small business taking care of the building’s elderly residents.
“Anthony has one of the most generous hearts I know. He loves caring for people who need help,” one resident wrote in a letter of recommendation reviewed by The Post.
But when the building changed hands in 2018, the new manager told Dolci that he and Infante “didn’t fit the building,” according to the lawsuit, which also alleges the building removed a “rainbow flag.” sky” attached to the couple. gate. Dolci said the building even forbids him and Infante from handing out candy on Halloween.
“I really think that because we’re an openly gay couple, we’ve been judged because of who we are and because we haven’t hidden how we act, talk, dress and go about our business on the way out of the house. us,” Dolci said. said.
The lawsuit alleges that management instructed building staff to call police about the couple if they spent more than a few minutes in their hallway or lobby. In a video seen by The Post, the manager tells Dolci: “Staff are told you’re here for five minutes and then you have to leave the office or else PD is called.”
Dorchester Towers filed a total of 31 police reports against Dolci in 2018 and 2019, according to the suit. In November 2018, Dorchester management claimed Dolci and Infante overflowed their bathroom and called firefighters, who broke down the couple’s door. There was no flooding and the building replaced its door with that of another apartment, according to the lawsuit.
“We really suffered and had a lot of very scary and terrifying experiences,” Dolci said.
The current building manager, doormen and many residents all declined to comment. A resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing for her safety, said she was ‘surprised’ to hear about the lawsuit because she had ‘only positive experience’ in the building .
Ogden Cap Properties, the company that manages Dorchester Towers, denies the allegations.
The company has filed a motion to dismiss the case in its entirety and “is confident it will prevail in court,” according to a spokesperson.
“Ogden Cap Properties does not tolerate any form of discrimination,” the spokesperson said, adding that “the allegations in the lawsuit are baseless and completely without legal or factual basis.”