A Kentucky property manager and his wife have agreed to pay $48,000 in a case in which he was accused of sexually harassing female tenants at an apartment building she owned.
Gus and Penny Crank also agreed to pay a $2,000 penalty to the federal government, according to the court record.
Penny Crank co-owned a small apartment building in Dayton, in Northern Kentucky, and her husband managed it, collecting rent and making repairs, according to court records.
The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the couple under the federal Fair Housing Act in March 2019 alleging that Gus Crank had subjected women in the apartments to “severe, pervasive” sexual harassment.
Crank asked tenants to perform oral sex or other sex acts in order to keep their apartments; made sexual comments to them and touched them; coerced women into sexual contact; offered to cut tenants’ rent in exchange for