- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

CROSS LANES, W.Va. (AP) - A lawsuit alleging female tenants at an apartment complex were sexually harassed has been settled.

The complex’s owner, Perkins Parke LP, and the former property manager, Encore Management Company Inc., agreed to pay a total of $120,000 in civil penalties and damages to settle the lawsuit filed by the U.S. Justice Department.

The Justice Department announced the settlement on Wednesday in a news release.

The lawsuit alleged that a Perkins Parke district manager and a maintenance worker coerced female tenants to engage in unwelcome sexual acts and made unwelcome sexual comments and advances to female tenants. The lawsuit said the men also took adverse actions against female tenants when they reported unwelcome conduct or refused sexual advances.

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