INSIDER's Pop Quiz!
Q: A male resident complains that one of the site managers, a woman, has been repeatedly calling and texting him with sexually suggestive comments and messages. Sexual harassment occurs only when a man harasses a woman, so you don’t have to worry about a sexual harassment complaint. True or false?
A: False. Fair housing law protects both men and women from sexual harassment—whether the perpetrator is male or female. Make sure that employees understand that sexual harassment consists of unwelcome sexual conduct—through words or actions—toward prospects, applicants, residents, guests, and other visitors, regardless of their gender.
For more on how to prevent sexual harassment claims, see “Follow Five Rules to Reduce Risk of Sexual Harassment Claims,” available to subscribers here.