Federal lawsuit says Sedamsville landlord discriminated against female tenants
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The Justice Department has filed a complaint against a landlord accused of discriminatory behavior towards female renters. U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman announced that John and Susan Klosterman are accused of violating the Fair Housing Act.
The Klostermans owned at least 55 rental properties in Sedamsville. The complaint says John Klosterman discriminated against female tenants on the basis of their sex since at least 2013. "This conduct is not only wrong, it's illegal," said Glassman.
The Justice Department accuses John Klosterman of subjecting these women to severe and unwelcome sexual harassment on multiple locations.
The complaint says John Klosterman offered to reduce the rent or overlook late payments in exchange for sex.
He's also accused of refusing to make repairs for female tenants who refused his advances.
The complaint also says that Klosterman went into his female tenants apartments without their consent and used cameras to watch them. "It's just intolerable to have any particular neighborhood where people are subjected to sexual harassment in order to just rent a home," said Glassman.
While Susan Klosterman isn't implicated in the alleged behavior, Glassman said she's a co-owner of the properties. He also believes it's possible she knew what was going on and failed to do anything.
Glassman said the investigation began when one alleged victim came forward. He believes there's as many as a dozen victims. "It wouldn't surprise me at all if there are many more."