Items Tagged with 'sexual harrassment'

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  • From HW Magazine

    The Path to Equality

    Is the mortgage industry doing enough to support women in the workplace?
    The financial world at large is experimenting with changing its workforce culture in ways not fathomable 10 years ago. For example, in 2011, the dress code for female workers at UBS came to light with unflattering results. In it, the Swiss bank instructed female employees on not just how to dress and how to smell, but also preached the importance for ladies to apply lotion after taking showers. Fast forward to today and fellow Swiss bank, Credit Suisse has now created an official role to boost equal opportunities and create a fair treatment environment. Has the American mortgage industry made similar progress?
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  • Politico: FHFA Director Mel Watt under investigation for alleged sexual misconduct

    Watt claims leak of investigation documents is politically motivated
    Friday, news broke that Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt is under investigation for alleged sexual misconduct. According to an article from Politico, Watt is being accused by an FHFA staffer of repeatedly making inappropriate sexual advances when she tried to discuss career and salary concerns.
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  • [VIDEO] The kiss that cost a mortgage CEO $3 million (and his job)

    "You’ve been walking by me all night, and I want a kiss"
    The mortgage lending empire Gregory Englesbe spent a decade and a half building is now out of his reach. Englesbe stepped down from E Mortgage Management recently in the wake of a $3 million settlement against him in a suit brought by Philadelphia waitress Kristin Lisi, who accused Englesbe of forcing a kiss on her (click to see video).
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  • 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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