By Deborah Goonan
Here’s another potential liability of owning property in a condo or homeowners’ association. Your Association could be sued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for sexual harassment, national origin discrimination, and retaliation.
Recent case filed: EEOC v. Vail Run Community Resort Association, Inc. and Global Hospitality Resorts, Inc.
The EEOC alleges that Vail Run HOA and its management company failed to take action when two female Mexican employees reported sexual harassment and assault by their Housekeeping Supervisor. The HOA and Management company allegedly refused to investigate the claims or discipline or remove the Supervisor. To make matters worse, both women were fired from their jobs in apparent retaliation for reporting the offenses to local police.
If you own a condo in Vail Run, it’s likely going to cost you a great deal of money in legal fees to defend your HOA and possibly also the Management company.
That’s right. Even if, as a condo owner, you had no knowledge of wrongdoing, and are not personally responsible, your assessments will cover the cost of defending this alleged reprehensible behavior.
You can read the details of the case here, including the fact that the housekeeping supervisor has already been convicted of misconduct in a jury trial.
Condo Association Sued for Sexual Harassment National Origin Discrimination and Retaliation | U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – JDSupra