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
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
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
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