Court documents: apartment property manager's refusal to have sexual relationship with boss led to termination

By John Suayan | Dec 21, 2017

HOUSTON – A Waller County woman claims she was fired from her job as a property manager at an apartment complex in northwest Harris County despite being mistreated by her superiors.

HOUSTON – A Waller County woman claims she was fired from her job as a property manager at an apartment complex in northwest Harris County despite being mistreated by her superiors.

Helene Parnell filed a lawsuit against Transnational Investments, Inc. on Dec. 18 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas, alleging her termination was in response to her refusal to have a sexual relationship with Bob Elam, her boss.

Recent court documents accuse Elam, who managed the Ashley Crest Apartments alongside his wife and Parnell, of making nearly 20 inappropriate comments to the plaintiff, as well as openly expressing a sexual interest in her.

Maria Elam, Bob Elam’s wife, began to harass the complainant upon learning of her husband’s attraction, the original petition says. Parnell adds her complaints were not acknowledged and the maltreatment worsened.

Consequently, the complainant seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

She is represented by attorney Sara Richey of The Richey Law Firm in Houston.

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas Case No. 4:17-CV-3801

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