Lexington landlord faces federal discrimination suit

LEXINGTON, Tenn. — A Lexington landlord is facing a federal lawsuit alleging sexual harassment and retaliation against female tenants, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The U.S Attorney’s Office said in a news release Monday that Chad David Ables violated the Fair Housing Act by subjecting his female tents to harassment.

The lawsuit alleges that Ables harassed a number of female tenants by allegedly including conditions in housing agreements that female tenants would engage in sexual acts, subjected at least one tenant to unwanted touching, and made sexual comments or advances toward female tenants, according to the release.

The release says Ables is also accused of taking adverse actions against tenants who refused his advances.

Ables owns and manages properties in Henderson County, including “Pops Cove,” a mobile home park.

The release says the lawsuit comes after complaints filed with the Department of Housing and Urban Development. After the HUD investigation, the release says HUD issued a charge of discrimination and referred the investigation to the Department of Justice.

Individuals who believe they may have been victims of sexual harassment or other types of housing discrimination by Ables, or who have information that may be relevant, can contact the Housing Discrimination Tip Line at 1-800-896-7743 and select mailbox six to leave a message.

Harassment and discrimination can also be reported by emailing fairhousing@usdoj.gov.

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