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Politics Oklahoma City landlords agree to pay $1.25 million in sexual harassment case

06:29  05 august  2021
06:29  05 august  2021 Source:   thehill.com

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while owning or managing dozens of Oklahoma City – area rental properties. The magnitude of this settlement and consent order demonstrates that the Justice Department will neither tolerate this type of discrimination from abusers nor ignore the vulnerable victims who suffer this abuse.” The United States’ lawsuit alleged that Pelfrey’s harassment spanned a period of almost 20 years, through at least 2017, and included demanding that prospective tenants engage in sexual acts to obtain housing, offering to reduce rent and overlooking unpaid rent in exchange for sexual intercourse or contact, evicting and

Reports of housing staff sexual harassing tenants has surfaced as tenants struggle to pay rent. AG William Barr directed US attorneys across the United States to tackle cases involving corrupt landlords asking for sex in place of rent. 'We’ve received more cases at our office in the last two days than we have in the last two years,' said Jabola-Carolus. Sheryl Ring, the legal director at Open Communities, added that such practices are illegal. 'We have seen an uptick in sexual harassment ,' said Ring.

Several Oklahoma City landlords have agreed to pay $1.25 million to settle a Fair Housing Act lawsuit that alleged that their former agent sexually harassed current and prospective female tenants.

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The Department of Justice announced on Wednesday that the defendants, the agent's wife, Rosemarie Pelfrey, Omega Enterprises LLC and Pelfrey Investment Company Inc., would pay $1.2 million in damages to the victims in addition to a civil penalty fine of $50,000 to the U.S.

Prosecutors allege that Walter Ray Pelfrey groped female tenants, entered their homes without their consent, evicted or threatened to evict female tenants if they skirted his sexual advances and told prospective female tenants that in order for them to get housing they'd have to participate in sexual acts.

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– An Oklahoma school district who is still reeling from a sexual abuse scandal has reached a settlement in a federal lawsuit. That they were fabricating these stories, making life miserable for this nice old man.” According to court documents obtained by News 4, the Perry Public School District agreed to pay the victims’ families .5 million in a settlement of the federal suit. “The foregoing amount shall be comprised of 3,427.34 from the School District’s liability insurance carrier and a judgement against the School District in the amount of $,816,572.66 to be paid out of the School

In Oklahoma if rent is paid in a timely manner in exchange for inhabiting property, then Oklahoma law ( Oklahoma Statute Title 41) ensures that a landlord -tenant relationship is established (even without a written lease), Tenants have the right to pursue housing without discrimination, take alternative action, and more. Landlords also have the right to receive rental payments and the right to deduct from security deposits for costs from damages that exceed normal wear and tear. Note: These rights exist regardless of a rental agreement stating otherwise.


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The lawsuit against Pelfrey, who died in 2018, estimates that the documented behavior occurred over nearly 20 years.

"For nearly 20 years, more than 40 female tenants and prospective tenants endured abhorrent sexual harassment when all they wanted was a safe place to call home," Acting U.S. Attorney Robert J. Troester for the Western District of Oklahoma said in a statement.

"Tenants have the right under federal fair housing laws to be free from unwanted sexual harassment in order to obtain or maintain housing. The magnitude of this settlement and consent order demonstrates that the Justice Department will neither tolerate this type of discrimination from abusers nor ignore the vulnerable victims who suffer this abuse," Troester said in a statement.

The Associated Press's message asking for comment from the lawyers representing the companies was not immediately returned on Wednesday.

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Here’s a timeline of key events leading up to the end of the Cuomo’s reign in Albany.Gov. Cuomo’s resignation Tuesday was an abrupt about-face from the disgraced pol, whose lawyers had fiercely challenged the credibility of a state attorney general report that found he’d sexually harassed 11 women.

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