Statement of Interest in Trujillo v. Amity Plaza LLC (D. Colo.)
On November 15, 2023, the United States filed a Statement of Interest in Trujillo v. Amity Plaza LLC (D. Colo.), a case brought under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and certain state laws. The complaint in the case alleges that the plaintiff was sexually harassed and assaulted by a maintenance worker employed by her housing providers, Amity Plaza, LLC and the Housing Authority of the City of Littleton, Colorado. The housing providers moved to dismiss the plaintiff’s complaint. In its Statement of Interest, the United States explains the well-established principle that Section 3604(b) of the FHA prohibits post-acquisition sexual harassment and is not limited only to conduct during the process of acquiring or renting property, argues that a state statute cannot immunize a public housing authority from a federal FHA claim, and addresses the proper standard for holding a defendant vicariously liable under the FHA.