A $750,000 real estate commission? Gothamist is so totally in the wrong business! A real estate broker is suing two brokers and owner of a building leased to the Department of Education claiming that she was discriminated against because she was Muslim and thereby lost out on a fee. Ihsan Amatullah says she first showed the East 76th Street Sotheby's warehouse where the Department of Education has its Eleanor Roosevelt High School, but that City Councilwoman Eva Moskowitz, head of the council's Education Committee, sent the deal to a "personal friend" broker Peter Berman. Amatullah says that Moskowitz "refused to have a person of Islamic faith broker the lease." Moskowitz, who is not named in the lawsuit, denies that anything like that happened, and Berman's lawyer tells the Post, "There is not one scintilla of truth to any of this."
The Department of Ed has a 15 year, $1.5 million lease on the building. Gothamist wonders how much $750,000 in brokers' fees translates into school supplies for underserved schools (yes, yes, it's not as easy as that). At any rate, Amatullah had originally filed both discrimination and civil lawsuits, but only the civil lawsuit is proceeding. The trial begins tomorrow.