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Waterloo housing discrimination suit settled

The U.S. Justice Department is announcing that a $95,000 settlement has been reached to resolve a lawsuit alleging that the former manager of Park Towers Apartments in Waterloo sexually harassed female tenants at the complex. 
The lawsuit alleges that Michael Nieman, the former on-site manager of Park Towers, sexually harassed female tenants in violation of the Fair Housing Act.  The lawsuit further alleges that Elders Inc., which owned the building, and J.S. Property Management L.C., which managed the property, were liable for Nieman's actions.  Since the lawsuit was filed in 2010, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa, all of the defendants have stopped working in the residential rental business. 
The settlement, pending approval by the court, will require the defendants to pay $80,000 to 10 victims and $15,000 to the United States as a civil penalty.  It also prohibits the defendants from engaging in discrimination and contains a provision preventing Nieman from returning to work in the management, rental or maintenance of rental housing. 
This lawsuit arose as a result of complaints filed with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by two former tenants.  After investigating the complaints, HUD issued a charge of discrimination and referred the case to the Department of Justice. 
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