The president of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) has resigned in the wake of allegations of sexual harassment made against him. The New York Times recently published an article detailing accusations from three women who worked at the trade group, claiming that the former executive engaged in inappropriate conduct. The women alleged instances of sexual harassment, including improper touching and the sending of lewd photos and texts. Following the publication of these allegations, Realtor Magazine, which is affiliated with NAR, confirmed the resignation of the president on Monday.
The accused real estate agent, a Utah-based professional, denied any wrongdoing in a letter to the NAR board. He expressed his distress at the attempts to tarnish his character and misrepresent his actions. The NAR and the accused individual have not responded to requests for comment on the matter.
The New York Times investigation incorporated testimonies from 29 current and former NAR employees, including 16 women who directly accused the former president of sexual harassment. The report also shed light on a systemic culture of intimidation within the organization, aimed at silencing employees who reported such behavior.
In response to these allegations, Tracy Kasper, the new president of NAR, pledged to reform the organization’s culture. Kasper expressed deep remorse for the situation and acknowledged the concern, anger, and disappointment felt by many. She stated that NAR will establish a presidential advisory group to make recommendations for creating a healthy work environment and encouraged employees to come forward with any experiences of harassment.
Sources: The New York Times, Realtor Magazine