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United States v. Cao (D. Kan.)


On January 17, 2020, the court entered a consent order in United States v. Cao (D. Kan.).  The complaint, originally filed on December 18, 2017 and amended on March 29, 2018, alleged that Defendant Thong Cao sexually harassed female tenants at rental properties that he owned and managed from at least 2009 to 2014.  The consent order requires the defendants to pay $155,000 in damages to eleven aggrieved persons and $5,000 as a civil penalty.  It also prohibits Thong Cao from engaging in property management, requires defendants to sell any remaining residential rental properties, and prohibits them from acquiring new properties for use as residential rental properties. The case was referred to the Division after the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) received two complaints from former tenants, conducted an investigation, and issued a charge of discrimination.

Press Release (1/17/20)
Press Release  (12/18/17)


Case Open Date
Case Name
United States v. Cao (D. Kan.)
Civil Rights
  • Fair Housing Act
  • FHA
  • HUD
  • sex
  • sexual harassment
  • female
  • retaliation
  • election
  • pattern or practice
  • Thong Cao
  • Mai Cao
  • Properties and Rentals
  • apartment
  • 6:17-cv-01310
Industry Code(s)
  • None
Updated September 22, 2022