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Minneapolis, MN (KROC-AM News) - The Justice Department is going after the owners of numerous rental properties in the Twin Cities for sexual harassment.

US Attorney for Minnesota Erica MacDonald today announced a lawsuit has been filed against four individuals and two business entities that own and manage single-family and multifamily rental properties in Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs. The lawsuit alleges one of the owners, Reese Pfeiffer subjected multiple female tenants to sexually hostile housing environments.

It is alleged that Pfeiffer, while acting as the property manager, made comments about their looks and body parts, engaged in unwelcome touching, asked personal questions about their relationship status, made unwelcome sexual advances, and discussed sexual topics with female renters. The lawsuit also accuses Pfeiffer of entering the victims' homes under the pretense of collecting rent to solicit sexual favors.

The civil case seeks damages for the victims, monetary penalties against the plaintiffs, and a halt to the discrimination.

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