Settlement reached in Oswego landlord sexual harassment lawsuit

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Waterbury is permanently barred from managing rental properties

(WSYR-TV) — A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit against Doug Waterbury, a landlord in Oswego, that was filed by CNY Fair Housing and eight women who accused him of sexual harassment.

Under the agreement, Waterbury is permanently barred from managing rental properties and will pay $400k in monetary relief.

The lawsuit was filed in 2017 alleging Waterbury subjected current and prospective tenants of ‘egregious sexual harrasment, including unwanted sexual contact’.

Waterbury owns around 50 properties in the Oswego area and also owns several amusement attractions like the Sterling Renaissance Festival, Sylvan Beach Amusement Park, and Santa’s Workshop in North Pole, New York.

“We are pleased to have reached a settlement agreement that will get Doug Waterbury out of the rental business,” said Sall Santangelo, CNY Fair Housing’s Executive Director. “We admire the incredible bravery of the many women who stepped forward. No woman should be subjected to sexual harrasment and nowhere should a woman feel safer than in her own home. CNY Fair housing is committed to holding accountable anyone who would violate that right.”

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