All sexual harassment is awful, but when the harasser knows where you live and has keys to your house, it’s especially terrifying. Thankfully federal law and almost every state’s law prohibit landlords, property managers, and others employed in the housing business from using their access and authority to harass tenants and prospective tenants.
Have you been harassed?
Has your landlord, property manager, maintenance worker, or other housing worker:
- Offered to cut your rent in exchange for sex
- Offered you repairs in exchange for sex
- Made comments about your body
- Asked you out on dates
- Touched you without your permission
- Shown up uninvited in your house
- Told you that you can’t have male guests
- Repeatedly tried to talk to you about sex
These are all common forms of sexual harassment in the housing context. And if these things happen to you, you should get in touch to talk about your options.
I can understand why you might be reluctant to take action. If you are a current tenant, your landlord has tremendous power over you. Not only does he know where you live and have access to your home (and, if you have them, your children’s home), but he can also make it difficult for you to move elsewhere by putting an eviction on your record, withholding your security security deposit, or working to get your housing benefits cut. These are real issues, but each one has a solution.
What you can expect
If you choose to reach out, here’s what you can expect from me:
- Phone Consultation – Within days or even hours, you’ll talk to me on the phone about your situation
- Investigation – Based on what you tell me, I’ll conduct some preliminary research about your harasser and interview any important witnesses you identify. Very often, your harasser will already have done the same thing to someone else and those prior victims can be important witnesses in your case
- Your Decision – Once I’ve got enough information, I’ll explain your options in detail. You can ask every question you have and it’ll be up to you to decide whether to move forward with a lawsuit
Please keep in mind: I only get paid if I win money for you. So if you decide not to pursue a case or if there is no recovery, then you owe nothing. I don’t charge you out of pocket for the consultion or investigation.