United States filed A Complaint in United States v. Prashad, Alleging A Pattern And Practice Of Sexual Harassment

On September 9, 2019, the United States filed a complaint in United States v. Prashad (D. Mass.), alleging a pattern or practice of sexual harassment in violation of the Fair Housing Act.  The complaint alleges that Prashad sexually harassed female tenants of rental properties he owned, either individually or through LLCs.  Prashad’s alleged conduct includes making unwelcome sexual advances and comments; engaging in unwanted sexual touching; offering to grant tangible housing benefits in exchange for engaging in sexual acts; refusing to provide maintenance or taking adverse housing actions against female tenants who resisted or objected; intimidating female tenants by monitoring them from outside their apartments or rooms; and, after receiving notice of Besaw’s sexual harassment of female tenants, failing to take any action to prevent Besaw from future sexual harassment.  The complaint further alleges that Besaw, who was employed by Prashad to assist with the management and maintenance of his rental properties, also sexually harassed and assaulted female tenants.  Besaw’s alleged conduct includes subjecting female tenants to unwelcome sexual contact including groping, sexual assault, and forced touching of their bodies; exposing himself to female tenants; making unwelcome sexual comments and sexual advances toward female tenants; and making intrusive, unannounced visits to female tenants’ units to conduct and further his sexual advances.

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