Sexual Harassment in Housing Initiative - News

Press Releases

August 5, 2020 - The Department of Justice Files Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Owner of Rental Properties in Elizabeth, New Jersey

July 8, 2020 - U.S. Attorney Hosts Online Roundtable on Sexual Harassment in Housing (D. Me.)

June 29, 2020 - The Department of Justice Files Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against the Owner and Manager of Rental Properties in Davenport, Iowa

June 4, 2020 - Department of Justice Files Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Owners of Rental Properties in Muskegon, Michigan

April 1, 2020 - The Department of Justice Files Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Owners and Managers of Rental Properties in Russellville, Kentucky

February 10, 2020 - U.S. Attorney’s Office Hosts Roundtable on Sexual Harassment in Housing (E.D.Wis.)

January 17, 2020 - Justice Department Settles Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Owners and Manager of Kansas Rental Properties

January 13, 2020 - Justice Department Files Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Property Manager and Owners of Los Angeles Apartment Buildings Near MacArthur Park

December 23, 2019 - Justice Department Files Lawsuit against Toledo Landlord who Subjected Women to Sexual Harassment

September 9, 2019 - Justice Department Files Lawsuit Against Massachusetts Landlord and Employee Who Subjected Women to Sexual Harassment

August 8, 2019 - Justice Department Settles Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against New York Property Owner

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Recent Cases

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 August 6, 2020

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