Sexual Harassment is Discrimination

Posted On: January 24, 2024

Sexual harassment in housing is a serious issue that we do not discuss enough. Under the Fair Housing Act and other federal laws, people have the right to live free from this type of harassment by housing providers.

What Is Sexual Harassment in Housing?

This kind of harassment in housing includes two primary types:

  1. Quid Pro Quo Harassment: This occurs when a housing provider demands sexual favors in exchange for housing or housing-related services.
  2. Hostile Environment Harassment: This involves subjecting a person to severe or pervasive unwelcome sexual conduct that interferes with their housing situation.

Examples include unwanted sexual advances, lewd comments, inappropriate touching, and other forms of sexual coercion or intimidation by landlords, property managers, or maintenance personnel.

What Can I Do If I Am Being Sexually Harassed?

  1. File a Complaint with HUD: If you’re experiencing harassment, you can report it to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
  2. Confront the Harasser: If safe, tell the harasser to stop their behavior.
  3. Report to the Housing Provider: If the harasser is not the housing provider, report the behavior to them.
  4. Document the Incidents: Keep a record of all instances of harassment, including dates, times, and any witnesses.
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