GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - The federal government is accusing a Grand Rapids housing manager of sexually harassing female tenants and offering benefits in exchange for sexual favors.
Tuesday WZZM 13's Phil Dawson talked to one of the alleged victims at Alger Meadow Apartments in Grand Rapids.
Cierra Harris says the manager of the apartments was inappropriate, "When he would come over to fix things... sexual passes were made." said Harris, "I had a shower fixed, alittle soap holder and asked were you having sex in the shower? Did you put your foot up on the shower when you were having sex?"
On Monday the U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit against the manager and owner of the 16 unit apartment development.
The government claims the manager regularly made unwelcome sexual advances to female tenants or women who were interested in an apartment.
Harris saysthe manager's behavior was inexcusable,"No man or woman should make any sexual passes at anybody while conducting a business its not businesslike its not professional and its not needed in this day and age its just not needed."
The lawsuit also alleges the managerwould enter apartments without permission or advance notice. Justice Department official Jocelyn Samuels told the Associated Press tenants shouldn't be harassed by someone "who holds the key to the front door."
Harris says she is one of about 8 other residents who have made sexually harassmentcomplaints against the landlord, but we met others at the Alger Meadow Apartments who have nothing but good things to say about the landlord including Selena Parks. "I heard a couple women in the complex saying stuff, but he never approached melike that."
Still Justice Department officials decided to move forward with the lawsuit. Department official Jocelyn Samuels told the Associated Press tenants shouldn't be harassed by someone "who holds the key to the front door."