HUD Settles Sexual Harassment Fair Housing Act Charge From California For $13,000

Fox Rothschild LLP

Fox Rothschild LLP

Pursuant to the terms of a conciliation agreement, the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) announced earlier this month that it facilitated settlement of a sexual harassment Fair Housing Act (FHA) case from California. As a part of the agreement, the Respondents, although denying the allegations, agreed to pay $13,000 as well as provide a neutral landlord reference.

Factually, a resident claimed she was harassed by a maintenance employee at the property. After reporting the alleged misconduct, the resident (who was assisted by a local fair housing advocacy group) asserted management failed to grant her an otherwise appropriate reasonable accommodation request because of a disability and ultimately evicted her from the property.

The HUD press release was light on specific facts. While the dollars here are in the ballpark of other FHA cases, a sexual harassment claim (if proven) can make a case worth more. To be sure, the Respondents strongly denied the harassment claim and further asserted they hired a lawyer to conduct an investigation which did not corroborate the claim. In addition to the monetary relief, the Respondents also agreed to fair housing training and related FHA education/outreach initiatives.

While nobody wants to see an allegation of discrimination filed at his or her property, claims asserting sexual misconduct by employees require special care. You will want to speak with a lawyer like me to review best practices about both taking the complaint seriously while at the same time ensuring the rights of the accused employee are protected. It can be a delicate balancing act, but is something worth doing.

Just A Thought.

[View source.]

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

© Fox Rothschild LLP | Attorney Advertising

Written by:

Fox Rothschild LLP

Fox Rothschild LLP on:

Reporters on Deadline

"My best business intelligence, in one easy email…"

Your first step to building a free, personalized, morning email brief covering pertinent authors and topics on JD Supra:
*By using the service, you signify your acceptance of JD Supra's Privacy Policy.
Custom Email Digest
- hide
- hide

This website uses cookies to improve user experience, track anonymous site usage, store authorization tokens and permit sharing on social media networks. By continuing to browse this website you accept the use of cookies. Click here to read more about how we use cookies.