Sexual Harassment in Housing Initiative - News

Press Releases

October 30, 2018 - Justice Department Reports Major Increases in Victim Reporting and Number of Lawsuits Filed in One Year Since Launch of Initiative to Combat Sexual Harassment in Housing

September 27, 2018 - Justice Department Files Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Owners of Oklahoma City Rental Properties

July 24, 2018 - U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer Urges Public To Report Sexual Harassment In Housing To The Department of Justice (D. Colo.)

July 23, 2018 - Justice Department Launches Public Awareness Campaign with Victims of Sexual Harassment in Housing 

July 20, 2018 - U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Iowa Hosts Roundtable Discussion with More Than 20 Community Organizations on Combatting Sexual Harassment in Housing (N.D. Iowa)

July 12, 2018 - U.S. Attorney's Office Hosts Roundtable On Sexual Harassment In Housing (M.D. Fla.)

July 9, 2018 - Justice Department Files Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Owner of Cullman, Alabama, Rental Property

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Recent Cases

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 November 8, 2018

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