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National Fair Housing Forum: Investigating Complaints of Sexual Harassment in Housing Situations


July 09, 2020 | 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT





Timely, comprehensive, and thorough investigation of sexual harassment complaints in housing situations is critical during this unprecedented time. Join HUD, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) as they participate in a roundtable discussion on investigation of complaints of sexual harassment in housing situations, strategies to investigate and prevent sexual harassment in housing, and sexual harassment cases on which HUD, DOJ, and NFHA have collaborated. This forum complements the preceding forum entitled "A Conversation on Sexual Harassment."


1. Welcome from FHEO Leadership

2. Open Forum with FHIP and FHAP Staff

3. The Importance of Timely, Comprehensive, and Thorough Investigations

4. Emerging Topic Roundtable Discussion

  • Applicable sections of the Fair Housing Act and regulations
  • Important case law
  • Emotional support and care of complainants of sexual harassment
  • Investigative strategies
  • How to identify additional complainants and witnesses
  • Aggrieved persons and assessment of injury
  • Working with law enforcement
  • Prompt judicial relief

5. Closing Remarks


Speaker Bios

Melody Taylor

Melody Taylor

Regional Director, Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
Lynn Grosso

Lynn Grosso

Director, Office of Enforcement and Programs
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Betty Bottiger

Regional Director, Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
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Kathleen Pennington

Assistant General Counsel, Fair Housing Enforcement
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Robert Doles

Director, FHEO Enforcement Support Division
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Megan Whyte de Vasquez

Trial Attorney, Civil Rights Division
U.S. Department of Justice
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Lisa Rice

President and CEO
National Fair Housing Alliance

About the Forums

This series of online discussions is designed to allow HUD and its partners to address substantive emerging fair housing concerns during this unprecedented time. The Forums convene HUD's FHIP and FHAP partners in a multi-directional conversation regarding processing complaints, conducting investigations, and managing agencies during a crisis and its aftermath. Forum discussions will necessarily change over time as new fair housing issues emerge.

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Disclaimer: The National Fair Housing Forum webinar series provides training by and to HUD partners, including entities and persons participating in HUD's FHAP Program and FHIP Program. The series offers multidirectional idea sharing in real-time. The views offered by speakers and participants do not necessarily reflect HUD's views. Similarly, unless otherwise noted, documents provided as part of the webinar were created and maintained by other public and private organizations and may not reflect HUD's official position. HUD-produced guidance documents, except when based on statutory or regulatory authority or law, do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. Such guidance documents are intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or HUD policies. The information is not intended to provide legal advice to any individual or entity. Please refer to relevant laws and regulations and/or your own legal advisor before taking any action based on information appearing on this site or any site to which it may be linked. Some materials have been translated into languages other than English; slight variations may have resulted from the translation.

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