Human Rights Panel Upholds $10,000 Fine Against Iowa Landlord

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By Richard Pratt

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Sioux City Human Rights Commission has upheld a $10,000 fine against a landlord accused of sexually harassing a tenant.

The Sioux City Journal says the commission voted Thursday to uphold a judge's decision to punish Pavel Benedic.

Benedic's attorney, Christopher Barondeau, says the allegation by Bridget McClure was meritless. McClure's complaints say Benedic had sexually harassed her and evicted her when she'd didn't respond positively to his advances.

The commission fined Benedic $10,000 for violating Iowa's Civil Rights Act. He appealed to a state administrative law judge, who rejected the appeal and ordered Benedic to pay $10,000 more to McClure for emotional distress. The judge sent his decision back to the commission, which upheld the original fine but asked the judge to reconsider the fine for emotional distress.

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