Notice To Individuals Who May Have Been Sexually Harassed By John Wesley And Eric Pender

On July 2, 2015, the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina entered a Consent Decree resolving a housing discrimination lawsuit brought by the United States against John Wesley, Eric Pender and Southeastern Community and Family Services, Inc. ("SCFS"). The lawsuit alleged that John Wesley and Eric Pender, former employees of SCFS, subjected female applicants and participants in SCFS's Section 8 Voucher program to discrimination on the basis of sex, including severe, pervasive, and unwelcome sexual harassment, on multiple occasions, in violation of the Fair Housing Act. John Wesley and Eric Pender deny the allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination. The lawsuit also alleged that as their employer during the time in question, SCFS was responsible for John Wesley's and Eric Pender's alleged conduct. Under the Consent Decree, SCFS has established a Settlement Fund to compensate persons whose rights have allegedly been violated as described above. The Department of Justice will submit recommendations to the Court for approval regarding the individuals to be compensated from the fund and the amounts of compensation. You may qualify to recover from this Settlement Fund if you were an applicant or participant in SCFS's Section 8 Voucher program and you contend that you experienced unwelcome sexual comments, gestures, or offers to trade sex for housing benefits from John Wesley or Eric Pender.

If you believe you have been discriminated against because of sex in connection with SCFS's Section 8 Voucher program, please contact the United States Department of Justice at:

1-800-896-7743, mailbox 94

United States Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division
Housing and Civil Enforcement Section
950 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W. - G St
Washington, DC 20530
Attn: DJ# 175-54M-79

You must call or write on or before no more than 120 days after the effective date of the Consent Decree and your message or letter must include your name, address, and, if possible, at least TWO telephone numbers where you may be reached.
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Updated August 6, 2015

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