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Sexual Harassment in Housing Initiative - What Happens When I Report?

Working with DOJ to Stop Sexual Harassment in Housing
Video: Working with DOJ to Stop Sexual Harassment in Housing

This video explains how DOJ may be able to help if you or someone you know has been sexually harassed by a landlord, property manager, maintenance worker, or someone else with control over housing.  You will hear from people who have experienced sexual harassment about what that experience was like, as well as what it was like to report the harassment and work with DOJ.  You will also hear from a DOJ official about how DOJ may be able to help and some other resources that you may want to consider.


After you contact DOJ, we may reach out to you to ask you about your experience. After that, we may do the following:

  • Encourage you to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development
  • Investigate your harasser(s)
  • Decide whether to file a lawsuit
  • Inform your harasser(s) that threatening or evicting people because they reported harassment is against the law
  • Request a court order to protect your privacy during a lawsuit
  • Gather evidence
  • Attempt to negotiate and settle the lawsuit
  • Argue the case at trial

We will keep you updated on where we are in the process.

Updated April 3, 2018