Sexual Harassment in Housing Initiative - News

Press Releases

August 6, 2021 - Justice Department Settles Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Property Manager and Owners of California Apartment Buildings

August 4, 2021 - Justice Department Obtains $1.25 Million Settlement from Oklahoma City Landlords to Resolve Claims of Sexual Harassment Against Female Tenants

July 22, 2021- Justice Department Obtains $100,000 Settlement in Sexual Harassment Case Against Ohio Landlords

June 03,2021 - Justice Department Obtains Settlement from San Diego Landlord to Resolve Claims Of Sexual Harassment Against Female Tenants

April 12, 2021 - Justice Department Files Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Owners and Managers of Rental Properties in Pennsylvania

December 7, 2020 - Justice Department Files Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Massachusetts Property Manager

September 30, 2020 - Justice Department Settles Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Cincinnati, Ohio Landlord

September 29, 2020 - Justice Department Settles Sexual Harassment and Race Discrimination Lawsuit Against Manager and Owners of Virginia Rental Properties

September 16, 2020 - Justice Department Files Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Owners Of Minneapolis Area Rental Properties

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Some Recent Cases

Hubbard - Anthony Hubbard owned and managed residential rental properties in and around Toledo, Ohio.  DOJ received a report that Hubbard sexually harassed a female tenant.  Read more...

Hernandez - Filomeno Hernandez managed residential apartment buildings near MacArthur Park in Los Angeles, California. DOJ received reports that for more than a decade, Hernandez sexually harassed female tenants with unwanted sexual touching, including sexual assault, frequent unwelcome sexual advances and comments, offers to reduce rent or excuse late or unpaid rent in exchange for sex and unannounced visits to the homes of female tenants without their consent to make sexual advances.  Read more...

Pelfrey - Walter Pelfrey, who died in July 2018, owned and operated over 80 rental properties in and around Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. DOJ received complaints filed with the Department of Housing and Urban Development and other reports that Pelfrey had been sexually harassing his female tenants, including exchanging sexual acts for rent or partial rent, exposing himself to tenants or prospective tenants, entering tenants home and touching them in their sleep, groping tenants or prospective tenants, making unwelcome sexual comments or advances to tenants or prospective tenants, and evicting or threatening to evict tenants who refused to engage in sexual acts. Read more…

Nelson - Larry Nelson owned and managed rental properties in and around San Diego, California.  DOJ received reports that he had been sexually harassing his female tenants.  Former tenants accused him of unwelcome sexual touching, offering to reduce rent in exchange for sex, making unwelcome sexual comments and advances, peeping in bedroom windows, and making intrusive and unannounced visits to female tenants’ homes to further his sexual advances. Read more...

Klosterman - John Klosterman owned and rented properties in Cincinnati, Ohio. DOJ received reports that Klosterman had been sexually harassing his female tenants, including making unwelcome comments about their bodies, touching their bodies in unwanted ways, and asking them for sex. Some victims also reported that Klosterman offered to reduce or waive their rent in exchange for sex and that he refused to make necessary property repairs, or commenced eviction actions, if they refused his sexual advances. Read more...

Price - Gary Price managed rental properties owned by GTP Investment Properties, LLC (GTP) and Alberta Lowery in and near Harrisonburg, Virginia.  DOJ received reports and learned through further investigation that Price had engaged in sexual harassment of and race discrimination against multiple tenants over a period of approximately twenty years. Read more...

Cao - Thong Cao owned and rented properties in Wichita, Kansas.  DOJ received complaints filed with the Department of Housing and Urban Development and other reports that Cao had been sexually harassing his female tenants, including touching and groping their bodies, breasts and buttocks, making unwelcome comments about their bodies, and asking them for sex. Read more...

Waterbury - Douglas Waterbury rented properties in and near Oswego, New York. DOJ received reports that he made unwelcome sexual comments to female applicants and tenants, touched or groped female applicants and tenants, demanded that female applicants and tenants engage in sexual acts with him to rent or continue renting an apartment, offered to reduce rent or security deposits in exchange for sexual acts, refused to make repairs in units with female tenants who rejected his advances, and forced female applicants and tenants to have sexual intercourse with him. Read more...

Hatfield - Robert N. Hatfield rented, sold, and financed homes in Wilkes County, North Carolina. DOJ received reports that he made unwelcome sexual comments to female applicants and tenants, groped female applicants and tenants, offered to reduce or eliminate payments in exchange for sexual acts, and took or threatened to take away housing benefits from residents who rejected his advances. Read more...

Webb – Hezekiah Webb owned and rented properties in St. Louis, Missouri, and East St. Louis, Illinois.  DOJ received a complaint filed with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that Webb had made comments about a tenant's body, asked her sexual questions, attempted to touch her breasts, and offered to reduce her rent in exchange for sex. Read more...

Tjoelker – Frank Tjoelker owns rental properties in Grand Rapids, Michigan. DOJ received reports that he made unwelcome sexual comments to female applicants and tenants. Read more...

Kansas City, Kansas Housing Authority – The Kansas City, Kansas Housing Authority operates the city's public housing. DOJ received complaints filed with the Department of Housing and Urban Development and other reports that Housing Authority employees were sexually harassing public housing residents and applicants. Read more...

Walden – Gary Walden owned and rented properties in Morgantown, West Virginia. DOJ received reports that he grabbed female tenants' bodies or tried to force them to touch him. Read more...

Wygul – Jeffrey Wygul owned and rented homes in Henry, Tennessee. DOJ received a complaint filed with the Department of Housing and Urban Development that Wygul sexually harassed a tenant. Read more...

Southeastern Community and Family Services, Inc. – Southeastern Community and Family Services, Inc. (SCFS) runs the Section 8 housing voucher program in Scotland County, North Carolina. DOJ received reports from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and Legal Aid of North Carolina that the manager and inspector of the Section 8 housing choice voucher program sexually harassed female applicants and participants of the voucher program. Read more...

 

Updated September 14, 2021

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