Management company to pay $50,000 to settle Toledo sexual harassment suit

In February, Central Management Company agreed to pay $50,000 plus attorney fees to the Toledo Fair Housing Center and their client, Tamara Ransford. The payment was the monetary portion of the settlement of a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by Ransf ord and the Toledo Fair Housing Center.

The lawsuit was filed after Ransford made a complaint of sexual harassment against Kenneth Canda, the resident manager of Greenleaf Apartments in southern Toledo. The Fair Housing Act prohibits sexual harassment by housing providers.

In July of 1995, Tamara Ransford went to an apartment complex in south Toledo to inquire and apply for an apartment. Kenneth Canda, manager of the complex, asked for sexual favors in lieu of the security deposit. He also promised free rent if the sex ual favors continued.

Ransford, a single woman, contacted the Toledo Fair Housing Center on July 20, 1995. Upon hearing her complaint, the FHC contacted the Toledo Police Department. The police department agreed to equip Ransford with a wireless microphone and set up a nother visit to the complex.

The Center provided Ransford with a security deposit and, in cooperation with the Toledo Police Department, sent her back to the complex. Police monitored the conversation between Ransford and Canda. When Ransford left the office, the police arres ted Canda on a charge of importuning (persistent, unwelcome requests for sexual favors). Canda later plead guilty to a reduced charge of indecent exposure.

According to the settlement, Central Management will submit monitoring reports to the Toledo Fair Housing Center, pay the Center's attorneys fees, and reimburse the Center for monitoring expenses. The settlement also calls for C.M.C. managers, empl oyees, and agents to commence two years of training on federal, state and local fair housing laws and ordinances.