New Frontiers in Sexual Harassment Law
Another context in which sexual harassment can occur is in housing, although there has been less litigation in this area than in employment and education. A federal statute called the Fair Housing Act (FHA) (Document 88) prohibits sex discrimination in the provision of housing.
Victims of housing discrimination who want to sue under the FHA may first present their claims either in court or before an administrator employed by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the agency charged with implementing the FHA. Either way, their claims eventually can be reviewed by a federal court of appeals. Those who violate the provisions of the FHA can be forced to pay money damages to the victim and can also be subjected to orders requiring them to cease their discriminatory behavior.
Some state courts have also found that sexual harassment violates state laws against discrimination in housing or state tort laws prohibiting the intentional infliction of emotional distress.
3604. Discrimination in the sale or rental of housing and other prohibited practices. [I]t shall be unlawful--. . .