Blowing the whistle on harassment

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Q: I’m feeling increasingly uncomfortable about the dynamics I’m witnessing at my apartment community. The manager is constantly hitting on my neighbor in public settings (like the pool), even to the point of insisting that she accept his "back rubs." She hates it and has tried to stop it, but she’s afraid to complain to the owner (the manager is the owner’s son). If I complain to the owner, can he evict me? –Deborah E.

A: The behavior you’re describing sounds like sexual harassment — unwelcome and offensive sexual conduct that is severe enough to alter the conditions of a person’s living situation. It sounds like your friend could be facing a sexually hostile environment, in which she feels like she has to put up with the manager’s inappropriate behavior in order to keep her home.