WORCESTER - A sexual harassment lawsuit has been filed by the Department of Justice against a Worcester landlord and his employee.
The lawsuit filed by the DOJ alleges that over the course of a roughly ten-year period [2009-present], rental property landlord Mohan Prashad and his employee, David Besaw -- a level 3 sex offender --, sexually harassed female tenants of rental properties owned by Prashad, Savton LLC, and Lanaton LLC.
Prashad is the sole agent for Savton LLC and Lanaton LLC.
Besaw [in photo above] has been employed by Prashad since at least 2014 to assist with the management and maintenance of his rental properties, according to the DOJ.
“No one should ever have to choose between housing and sexual harassment,” said U.S. Attorney Andrew E. Lelling. “Sexual harassment is illegal under the Fair Housing Act, and my office is committed to achieving justice and compensation for individuals whose civil rights have been violated. I encourage anyone who has been subjected to sexual harassment by his or her landlord or employee of a landlord to report it to my office.”
The complaint alleges that Prashad engaged in harassment that included:
The complaint further alleges that Besaw subjected female tenants to the following:
The lawsuit seeks monetary damages to compensate the victims, civil penalties and a court order barring future discrimination.
Lead photo: David Besaw/Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry
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