- Associated Press - Thursday, December 11, 2014

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department has sued a public housing agency serving Scotland and neighboring counties, claiming two employees sexually harassed women who applied for help.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday names Southeastern Community & Family Services Inc. and two employees, The Fayetteville Observer (https://bit.ly/1GnXK8f) reported.

The lawsuit alleges that the employees made unwanted sexual comments and sexually touched women who applied for or received housing vouchers.

The lawsuit said women who rejected the men’s advances suffered adverse actions in their requests for help.

The lawsuit says the housing agency failed to take reasonable preventive or corrective measures.

Southeastern Chief Executive Ericka Whitaker said the agency has changed policies to reduce the possibility of such harassment. She said the agency also has added security cameras in the office.

The Department of Justice lawsuit seeks monetary damages to compensate victims, civil penalties and a court order barring future discrimination and requiring additional preventive measures.

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Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, https://www.fayobserver.com


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