Tenant with Disability Obtains Settlement in Sexual Harassment Case

1020 N. Fair Oaks
Pasadena CA 91101

Contact:  Gary Rhoades, Director of Litigation

The owners and managers of a Covina, California apartment complex have agreed to terminate the employment of an on-site manager and participate in a comprehensive fair housing training and advertising program to settle claims of sex discrimination and sexual harassment.

A 45-year-old woman filed a complaint with the Fair Housing Council of San Gabriel Valley alleging sexual harassment against her landlord and, in particular, the on-site manager. The complainant, who is deaf, alleged that on several occasions and while making repairs to her unit, the on-site manager pushed his body against her and touched her breasts. 

In settlement of the complainant’s claims, the owner of the property agreed to fire the on-site manager, pay a confidential sum of money, and participate in a two-year comprehensive fair housing program. 

The Fair Housing Council of San Gabriel Valley has collaborated with the independent living and disability rights centers within its 26-city territory on outreach, education, and training regarding disability issues in housing discrimination. The Council has also worked with disability rights centers on investigations of fair housing claims and provided legal representation to mutual clients. 

The Council represents persons of all disabilities. The Council staff members are trained to use the Council’s TDD telephone for the deaf, which was used throughout the above-described case including the moment where the news of her victory was shared with the complainant.

The complainant was represented by Danielle Jones, Staff Attorney with the Council.