Cornfeld Tenants Association (CTA) works to improve housing conditions for residents in properties owned by Arthur Cornfeld and Alan Fisher in New York City (aka ABC Properties, ABC Realty, and many other LLCs). Our concerns are both in terms of tenants’ rights and our right for security and equity. Goal? To ensure our voices are heard and to stop our landlord from further endangering our safety and our lives.
Most people know about
sexual harassment in the workplace, but they also need to know it also happens
in rental housing. A lot. Most of it goes unreported.
If a landlord and or his
agents harass one tenant, there are usually more victims out there. Sexual
harassment in rental housing is probably the #1 most unreported violation in
New York City.
Most victims are poor and feel trapped.
Many of them don’t even know this is illegal, and nobody really
tells them so. So they don’t know to complain, or they’re afraid to complain.
Lecherous landlords have at their fingertips a sexual supermarket
in the form of their female renters. And this behavior, if unchecked, becomes
part of the company policy.
What distinguishes this from workplace harassment is that demands
for sexual cooperation tend to be very direct.
Harassment at home is especially traumatic because victims and their
families have no place to retreat from the abuse and they risk losing their
housing if they complain.
THE CORNFELD TENANTS ASSOCIATION HAS
BEEN ACTIVE FOR ONLY FIVE MONTHS AND TO DATE WE HAVE RECEIVED COMPLAINTS FROM
SEVERAL WOMEN ABOUT SEXUAL HARASSMENT. SOME HAS BEEN REPORTED TO BE ON-GOING FOR DECADES; OTHERS HAVE BEEN REPORTED BY TENANTS LIVING IN A CORNFELD BUILDING FOR ONLY A FEW MONTHS.
If you feel you have been sexually
harassed by your landlord, his agents (meaning anyone who works for the
landlord), please contact us at cornfeldtenants (at) gmail.com
IF YOU WANT TO REPORT WITHOUT ALERTING THE TENANTS ASSOCIATION HERE IS WHAT TO DO IF BELIEVE YOU
HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT
you believe you have been a victim of sexual harassment by a superintendent, building owner, or
someone who works for the rental property, contact the Civil
Rights Unit Complaint line at 212-637-0840.
read about Stanley Katz and the $2 million settlement to five of their female
tenants for their lecherous behavior in their buildings on West 73rd
and West 75th Streets, read this New York Post article here.
Alternatively, you can also google: U.S. v. William Barnason, Stephen Katz, & Stanley Katz Settlement