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DOJ increases efforts to combat sexual harassment in housing during the COVID‑19 pandemic

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Posted at 2:36 PM, May 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-26 17:36:13-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott calls on the public to report sexual harassment instances by a landlord, property manager or anyone else with a managerial hand in housing.

During these hard times, housing has been effected at an alarming rate making paying rent a difficult in some cases impossible for residents.

Taking advantage of residents dealing with housing insecurity, housing providers are attempting to exploit and sexually harass tenants, the is something the Department of Justice is working to stop.

The DOJ in 2017 launched a Sexual Harassment in Housing Initiative in an effort to combat sexual harassment in housing led by the Civil Rights Division, in coordination with U.S. Attorney’s Offices across the country.

Individuals may file a complaint alleging harassment or discrimination in housing with the Department of Housing and Urban Development through HUD’s website or by calling (800) 669-9777.