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Fair Housing and Sexual Harassment - Staff and Resident Relationships

Fair Housing and Sexual Harassment - Staff and Resident Relationships
  What is sexual harassment in fair housing? Sexual harassment in fair housing focuses on staff or vendor interactions with residents as well as interaction between residents. Just as your staff is trained in sexual harassment between fellow employees, there needs to be training that focuses on how the staff interacts with residents with clear policies that define what is and isn’t acceptable behavior. This article will discuss different scenarios that could affect staff/resident relationships and what needs to be done to avoid a fair housing sexual harassment complaint.   Courteous or Too Friendly? Of course, we always want our staff to be courteous and respectful, but when can that cross the line? Consider, for example, an employee who pays a resident a compliment, perhaps on an article of clothing. This may seem totally acceptable. But what if this staff member continues on with compliments or is noted to pay certain residents more attention than others?   When we talk about sexual harassment, it may be difficult making distinctions about what’s legal and illegal, because there are broader definitions that include the culture or environment. The legal definition of sexual harassment is asking for sexual favors and doing it in a manner that suggests there will be a benefit to the person: they’ll get their rent reduced, they’ll get better services, things like that. Does this mean we are free to say anything as long as we aren’t getting something in return?  A casual conversation or compliment dropped one time is probably ......
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7 Ways to Curb Sexual Harassment at Your Community

One good thing that has come out of all of the recent celebrity sexual harassment scandals is that people are no longer willing to put up with this type of behavior, and that the rich and powerful might no longer be able to hide behind their money and fame.

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Afternoon Delight In the Workplace

The law of attraction may not be legislated by Congress, but should it be legislated in property management? Spring is in the air and with it, comes certain restlessness for those who may not be in a committed relationship. Sometimes, it happens to those who are in a committed relationship. But the thing is: does your company draw a line in the sand, or has it given up even trying to regulate dating in the workplace? Passion, infatuation, chemistry – they’re all terms describing the fact that what a heart wants sometimes makes people do things they may later regret. This is the season for love and romance. How does your policy attempt to control these urges to flirt? There may be no “touchier” subject than trying to dictate who you can see outside of the office, or in this case, property management company. Do you allow your Maintenance Technician/Supervisor to date a resident? What about the Leasing Consultant/Manager? Are the decision makers in upper management allowed to date a Vendor such as the Publisher/Sales Rep of the local apartment guide book or internet service provider? Is a Regional (Property Manager, Marketing Specialist) able to date the VP? When is this considered to be a conflict of interest? It is always a potential conflict of interest. Relationships like those mentioned here, place your organization at risk of misinterpretation and of financial conflicts of interest. They quite possibly place you, your company and your company’s reputation at risk of Fair Housing lawsuits. Consider......
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