On June 27, 2023, former National Association of Realtors (NAR) spokesperson Janelle Brevard filed a lawsuit in federal court against NAR, alleging racial and sexual discrimination. The suit alleges that President Kenny Parcell harassed female employees, one of whom claims she was fired after breaking off a relationship with him. This is a serious allegation that could have significant consequences for both NAR and Parcell.
According to the Inman News article published on June 28, 2023, the lawsuit claims that Parcell used his position of power to engage in inappropriate behavior towards female employees. The suit also alleges that NAR failed to take appropriate action to address Parcell’s behavior. Brevard herself claims that she was subjected to a hostile work environment and was ultimately forced out of her job due to Parcell’s actions.
This is not the first time that NAR has faced allegations of discrimination. In recent years, the organization has been accused of promoting policies that adversely affect minority communities. However, this lawsuit is different in that it directly targets the behavior of a high-ranking NAR executive. It remains to be seen how NAR will respond to these allegations, and what impact they will have on the organization as a whole.
The lawsuit filed by Janelle Brevard against NAR alleging racial and sexual discrimination is a serious matter that will undoubtedly attract significant attention in the real estate industry. It highlights the ongoing problem of workplace harassment and discrimination, which affects many industries, including real estate. As more details emerge about the case, it will be interesting to see how NAR responds and how this will impact the organization moving forward. Sources for this article include Inman News and other media outlets covering the lawsuit.
Follow this link for Inman News article: https://www.inman.com/2023/06/28/suit-accuses-nar-and-its-president-of-sexual-racial-discrimination/