United States v. Webb (E.D. Mo.)

Overview: 

On March 19, 2018, the United States entered into a settlement agreement resolving United States v. Webb (E.D. Mo.), a Fair Housing Act pattern or practice/election referral.  The complaint, filed August 31, 2016, alleged that Hezekiah and Jameseva Webb violated the Fair Housing Act on the basis of sex by sexually harassing HUD complainant when Hezekiah Webb made unwanted sexual advances and sexually explicit comments, propositioned the complainant for sex in exchange for reduced rent, attempted to touch her breast, and ultimately evicted her after she rebuffed his sexual advances. The complaint also included a pattern or practice claim based on fourteen other tenants that Hezekiah Webb sexually harassed in similar fashion from the 1990s to the present.  Under the settlement, Hezekiah and Jameseva Webb will pay a total of $600,000 in monetary damages to fifteen former and prospective tenants who were subjected to sexual harassment, as well as a $25,000 civil penalty to the United States.  The settlement also bars Hezekiah and Jameseva Webb from continuing to serve as property managers.  The case was referred to the Division after the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) received a complaint, conducted an investigation, and issued a charge of discrimination.

press release (8/31/16)

press release (3/19/18)

Case Open Date: 
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Case Name: 
United States v. Webb (E.D. Mo.)
Topic: 
Civil Rights
Tags: 
Fair Housing Act
FHA
Hezekiah Webb
Jameseva Webb
department of justice
doj
hud election
pattern or practice
Eastern District of Illinois
st. louis
sex
sexual harassment
female
tenant
rental properties
apartment
4:16-cv-01400- SNL
Industry Code: 
None
Component: 
Civil Rights Division
Civil Rights - Housing and Civil Enforcement Section
Updated March 20, 2018