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.