In December of 2012 Marva Leonard-Dent was accused of sexual harassment by male employees. She avoided questions about the allegations made by former two male former employees.
Shortly thereafter Leonard-Dent handed the board of the authority her resignation. Both she and the board refused to acknowledge that the accusations had anything to do with her resignation.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – More sexual harassment allegations at South Bend Housing Authority have been revealed. A woman has come forward claiming that five co-workers harassed her while she worked as an administrative assistant at the authority between 2010 and 2011.
The new accuser, who asked to remain anonymous, said the abuse against her started almost immediately after she started work at the authority.
“It was on a daily basis that I would get guys coming up and they were literally undressing with their eyes,” she described. “The comments they were making like they would love to see me with just the jacket I had on and nothing else, some would come up and kiss me on the hand, use the bathroom with the door open.”
She admitted that she failed to report the harassment immediately out of fear for her job. But, eventually she reported the abuse after the men failed to stop.
“When I reported it nothing was really done about it, I don’t feel enough was done about it,” she explained. “Especially when I had to go back to work and still work with these same people that were doing this.”