FHC Launches New Sexual Harassment Awareness Campaign

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The Fair Housing Center has launched a campaign titled Shine a Light to bring public awareness to the issue of sexual harassment and housing. Sexual harassment – such as unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature – is against the law and considered a form of sex discrimination.  The Federal Fair Housing Act prohibits sex discrimination, which includes sexual harassment.

Sexual harassment includes any unwanted sexual advance, request for sexual favors, or other unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment can occur to any person, male or female, and can be committed by someone of the same sex or someone of the opposite sex, regardless of gender identity.

Sexual harassment can be committed by a landlord, real estate agent, building manager, maintenance person, loan officer, insurance agent, or any other person involved in providing housing, or involved in a real estate-related transaction.

In some instances, property owners or managers may be held responsible for failing to help a tenant who they know is being harassed by another tenant or neighbor. Examples of sexual harassment in housing include:

• Requesting rent to be paid in sexual favors instead of money.

• Conditioning home repairs or other housing benefits on performance of a sexual favor.

• A housing provider, real estate agent, insurance or loan officer, or their employee making sexual comments or using sexual words in front of you and/or your family.

• A housing provider, real estate agent, insurance or loan officer, or their employee touching your body or asking for you to remove your clothing.

• A housing provider or their employee refusing to help after being informed that another tenant is sexually harassing you.

If you believe you have been discriminated against, please contact our office at 1-877-979-FAIR. We will talk to you about your circumstance and let you know your rights.

Thanks to the generosity of Adams Outdoor Advertising, the FHC will have billboards up about this issue in four of our eight counties over the next year. We also have posters and business-sized cards to distribute (pictured above and below).

For hard copies of our materials, questions, or to file a complaint please contact us at
1-877-979-3247 or at info@fhcmichigan.org.

If you would like to help us Shine A Light on this issue, you can do so using a PayPal account or credit card on PayPal.




Together, we can stop housing discrimination.

Business-sized cards (front and back):

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We would also like to thank the members of YAWE (Youth Advocate’s for Women’s Empowerment) for the initial opportunity to highlight our work on sex discrimination.

*Some language above is from the Equal Rights Center Toolkit on Sexual Harassment.

 

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