The ERC is proud to announce the publication of our newest self-advocacy toolkit, which adds to the ever-growing list of ERC resources available to those who face discrimination in housing. The Sexual Harassment and Fair Housing Toolkit addresses the issues that many individuals face regarding unwanted sexual harassment in a housing environment.

“This toolkit is a valuable resource for any individual who faces, or has faced, unlawful and unwanted sexual harassment in a rental housing setting,” said Melissa Rothstein, Deputy Director of the ERC. “This toolkit clearly and concisely advises tenants the protections they have against sexual harassment under the Fair Housing Act, and provides the tools for individuals to respond when they experience this type of discrimination.”

Sexual harassment – such as unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature – is against the law and considered a form of sex discrimination. The federal Fair Housing Act prohibits sex discrimination that impacts the terms or conditions of housing, is used as a basis for housing decisions, or otherwise has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with housing rights, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment. Many states, counties, and cities have laws with additional protections against sex discrimination and sexual harassment in housing.

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*The work that provided the basis for this publication was supported by funding under a grant with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  The substance and findings of the work are dedicated to the public. The author and publisher are solely responsible for the accuracy of the statements and interpretations contained in this publication.  Such interpretations do not necessarily reflect the views of the Federal Government.

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