It is unlawful to discriminate against any person on the basis of religion, sex, race, color, national origin, disability or familial status. The rights of these protected classes are preserved under the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
As a cooperative housing entity, you must respect and reasonably accommodate a diverse body of people. You may not refuse to sell or rent a unit due to an individual's membership in a protected class. You may also not discriminate against any person when it comes to the terms, conditions or privileges associated with sale or rental, or when it comes to provision of services.
If you are considering rejecting an applicant for membership or are facing accusations of discrimination, it is important to involve an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Unless the matter is handled in a swift and appropriate manner, the potential for lawsuit is high. When you contact the civil rights attorneys at Pentiuk, Couvreur & Kobiljak, P.C. we can help you successfully resolve pending disputes as well as minimize any future risk to you.
Dealing with Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment is an issue which every housing cooperative or managing agent should have a basic familiarity. As an employer, the cooperative or managing agent is obliged to refrain from unwelcome verbal or physical sexual conduct.
Our lawyers can guide you through any sexual harassment matters, and will assist you in taking all necessary steps to prevent abuse, including:
- Developing a written policy prohibiting sexual harassment
- Properly informing staff and management of the policy and providing training on what constitutes sexual harassment
- Deciding how to resolve sexual harassment claims and creating detailed procedures for harassment between staff members, between a board member and staff member, etc.
- Making sure sexual harassment in covered in your corporation's insurance policy
Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Attorneys: Safeguarding Your Future
Many boards want to maintain control over corporate employment. That means if an employee is wrongfully discharged or is sexually harassing a member, the board — not a management agency — is left to deal with the issue and any associated litigation.
At Pentiuk, Couvreur & Kobiljak, P.C. we always encourage our clients to stay ahead of the game by limiting unnecessary liabilities. To that end, the board should insist that the management company be the employer. This will ensure that almost any employee dispute becomes the issue of the management company.
Our attorneys are committed to providing cooperative housing boards with quality legal representation and sound guidance. We are well known for our high ethical standards and proactive approach to the law. Contact us today to learn more about our services. We are conveniently located in Greater Detroit and Chicago, and we represent cooperatives nationwide.