IS SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND/OR DISCRIMINATION PREVALENT ON OUR BOARDS?

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published November 27, 2017

               Sexual harassment claims seem to be occurring almost hourly now.  Whether itís against a politician, a Hollywood celebrity or sports star, turn on the TV and someone is accused of sexually harassing/discriminating or even sexually abusing another less powerful victim.

               So, it raises the question as to whether or not there are cases out there of women who have been sexually discriminated against, abused or harassed by board members in power over their association and its members.

               Typically, sexual harassment is defined as unwanted sexual advances.   Iím not SOLELY talking about that.  Iím also talking about whether there are women out there whose opinions on certain association matters were discounted or ridiculed simply because she was a woman.

               Let me give you an example.  One of the first calls I ever took on the Condo Craze Radio Show was from some dope who claimed that it was ridiculous that a fellow Board member, who is a woman, had an opinion on how to fix a roof.  After all, what does a woman know about fixing a roof?

               In addition, a President I knew was once accused of an improper sexual advance by a female owner who said he had requested sex in exchange for looking the other way in regards to some ongoing violations.

               In the first example, a womanís opinion was discounted and ignored simply because she was a woman.  Thatís sexual discrimination to me.  In the second example, thatís sexual harassment and abuse in its purest and simplest form.

               Everything we have read in the last few months about sexual harassment and discrimination gives the impression that they are problems that exist in all workplaces, in all communities.  So the question isÖ..are our community associations and Boards part or not part of that equation?

               This blog is anonymous.  Has anyone been the victim of such harassment or discrimination?  What did you do about it?  Did you come forward?  Why or why not?


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Eric Glazer Eric Glazer graduated from the University of Miami School of Law in 1992 after receiving a B.A. from NYU. He has practiced community association law for more than 2

decades and is the owner of Glazer and Associates, P.A. a seven attorney law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando and satellite offices in Naples, Fort Myers and Tampa.

 

Since 2009, Eric has been the host of Condo Craze and HOAs, a weekly one hour radio show that airs at noon each Sunday on 850 WFTL.

   

See: www.condocrazeandhoas.com.

   

He is the first attorney in the State of Florida that designed a course that certifies condominium residents as eligible to serve on a condominium Board of Directors and has now certified more than 10,000 Floridians all across the state. He is certified as a Circuit Court Mediator by The Florida Supreme Court and has mediated dozens of disputes between associations and unit owners. Eric also devotes significant time to advancing legislation in the best interest of Florida community association members.


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