Items Tagged with 'sexual harrassment'


  • Time’s Up: Yes, it’s happening here, too

    How do we move forward?
    The #TimesUp and #MeToo movements have swept across the U.S. as more women begin to stand up and say no more. Within the mortgage industry, the topic has been able to stand in the shadows, and no one really knows how common the behavior actually is. That is, until now.
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  • HUD reaches sexual harassment settlements in three states

    Landlords, housing authority in Florida, Virginia, and California fined
    The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Monday that it reached sexual harassment settlements with housing industry participants in three different states. The settlements come on the heels of HUD announcing an initiative to combat sexual harassment in housing.
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  • HUD joins initiative to combat sexual harassment in housing

    Forms interagency task force with Justice Department
    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced it is recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act with its new initiative to increase awareness and reporting of sexual harassment in housing. Here’s what it is doing along with the Justice Department to combat sexual harassment.
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  • How to approach gender bias in the mortgage industry

    A response to industry professionals' reactions to Chrisman's confrontation
    [Op-ed] In the wake of the publication of a scathing column against Rob Chrisman, calling out his derogatory jokes, the industry’s response has been divisive. While I share the author’s concerns about some of Chrisman’s jokes, in my opinion, the author’s approach to initiate change was reckless and potentially harmful to our cause to improve inclusivity in our industry. I’d like to share an alternative approach to change leadership that I think is more effective for anyone wanting to implement change in our industry.
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  • St. Louis landlords reach $625,000 settlement over 20 years of alleged sexual harassment

    Accused of offering cheaper rent and other benefits in exchange for sexual favors
    Two St. Louis landlords will pay a fine of $625,000 and are banned from serving as property managers as part of a settlement with the Department of Justice, which accused one of the landlords of sexually harassing more than a dozen female residents over a 20-year period.
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  • mPower survey: 75% of women mortgage professionals experience sexual harassment

    "One is too many"
    As the #MeToo movement sinks its teeth in and rattles industry after industry, confronting a toxic culture of sexual misconduct and abuses of power, mPower, the women’s network arm of the Mortgage Bankers Association, surveyed its community members on the topic and learned that 75% of respondents had experienced at least one instance of sexual harassment in the workplace.
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  • Department of Justice launches initiative to fight sexual harassment in housing

    Program will be piloted in Washington, D.C. and western Virginia
    The Department of Justice announced Tuesday that it is launching a new initiative to fight sexual harassment in housing. Specifically, the DOJ said the program aims to increase the department’s efforts to protect women from harassment by landlords, property managers, maintenance workers, security guards, and other employees and representatives of rental property owners.
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  • Another top SoFi exec will resign following sexual harassment scandal

    Follows the departure of her husband, the CEO
    As the sexual harassment scandal rages on at San Francisco-based lending startup SoFi, yet another executive announced plans to leave the company. The announcement that Chief Technology Officer June Ou will be stepping down follows the sudden departure of the company CEO and her husband, Mike Cagney.
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  • Mark Geragos: More Zillow employees victims of sexual harassment

    Tells USA Today: “clearly a major problem” at Zillow
    Mark Geragos, the attorney representing Rachel Kremer in her sexual harassment lawsuit against Zillow, said that other Zillow employees have already come forward to corroborate Kremer’s claims that she was the victim of "sexual torture" while working at Zillow.
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