When the term "sexual harassment" comes up, it's often in the context of employment, such as the ubiquitous #Metoo movement.
However, a predator can sexually harass an individual in many settings besides the workplace. This includes when someone is renting or purchasing property. Californians are protected under the federal Fair Housing Act, as well as the California Fair Employment Housing Act (FEHA). These acts forbid landlords/owners (which refers to private individuals, property management companies, housing providers) and their employees/agents from engaging in this deplorable practice.
Tenant sexual harassment, like other forms of tenant harassment is not unusual. However, with the widespread loss of jobs due to the COVID-19 crisis making people more vulnerable, it's not surprising that the National Fair Housing Alliance has reported a 13 percent uptick in sexual harassment complaints since the pandemic began.
The basic definition of sexual harassment is to commit any unwelcome and nonconsensual act that is sexual in nature against an individual. Sexual harassment encompasses various forms of behavior, but it is typically divided into two main categories: quid pro quo and hostile environment. It is not uncommon for a victim to suffer from both.
Property owners/landlords and their agents may be held liable for damages (monetary compensation) to renters or buyers who suffer from sexual harassment by:
Here are some suggestions for what to do if you have been harassed:
Sexual harassment is a very serious offense that has a long-lasting impact on victims. If you've been harmed in this way, you can work with an attorney to hold your landlord accountable. Explore your options with an experienced tenants' rights attorney at Wolford Wayne. Contact us today; we're here to help you.
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