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President of NAR resigns over sexual harassment claims

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The National Association of Realtors (NAR) president Kenny Parcell recently resigned following a report by The New York Times detailing allegations of sexual harassment against him by three women.

Despite denying any wrongdoing in a letter to NAR board members, the Utah real estate agent stepped down amid mounting criticism and concern. The report included accounts from 29 current and former NAR employees, identifying 16 allegations of sexual harassment or abusive conduct against the former president, and highlighting a pervasive "system of intimidation" within NAR.

Tracy Kasper, who took over as NAR President following the resignation, expressed regret for the events that transpired and acknowledged the widespread disappointment and anger. She announced the creation of a presidential advisory group to recommend ways to foster a healthy relationship between staff and members and encouraged employees to voice any harassment encountered at the organization.

The scandal and subsequent response from the new leadership have cast a shadow over NAR, raising concerns about its culture and ability to provide a supportive work environment.

However, the establishment of the advisory group and the encouragement for employees to voice their concerns are essential steps towards rebuilding trust and ensuring a healthier and more supportive work environment for all NAR members.

To read the full exposé, head over to The New York Times.