Nevada Landlords Settle With HUD Over Sexual Discrimination Allegations

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A single mother of six filed a sexual discrimination complaint alleging that the manager of her building sexually harassed her and created a hostile living environment, including unwanted touching and sexual comments, according to the release from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

HUD has approved a Conciliation Agreement between Reno, Nevada-based CMS Property Services, LLC, and its property manager and a female tenant, resolving the allegations that the manager sexually harassed the woman. CMS owns and/or manages close to 80 units in the Reno-Sparks area. 

In addition, the woman alleged that CMS attempted to terminate her tenancy and failed to return a rent overpayment of $1,000 because she was unreceptive to the manager's advances.

Under the terms of the agreement, CMS Property Services, LLC, and the property manager will pay the woman $7,000, and the property manager and another staff member will attend fair housing training.

CMS and the property manager will also modify their leases and applications to include a statement notifying applicants and tenants that they do not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, color, disability, sex, religion or familial status.

The Fair Housing Act makes it unlawful for a housing provider and its staff to sexually harass tenants. This includes creating a severe or pervasive hostile housing environment, or conditioning housing or housing-related services on the tenant's acquiescence to sexual demands. The Act also prohibits retaliating against persons who complain about housing discrimination.

"Never should anyone trying to provide a home for their family have to endure sexual harassment and lewd behavior in order to remain in that home," Anna María Farías, HUD's Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, said in the release.

 "HUD remains firmly committed to addressing this type of treatment and taking action against those who violate this nation's housing laws."


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