HUD and the Department of Justice continue to monitor compliance with and enforce the Fair Housing Act (FHA). As I have written many times before, management needs to train our employees to follow the law. Examples of misconduct can be found from Alaska to Florida — and just about everywhere in between. For example, earlier this month the DOJ announced a $95,000 settlement to resolve a lawsuit filed last year alleging that the former community manager of Park Towers Apartments in Waterloo, Iowa, sexually harassed female tenants at the complex.
This type of case and settlement also serves as a warning to all of us in the professional apartment management field that we can be held accountable if our employees engage in or enable others to engage in acts of sexual harassment against residents.
Just a Thought.