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HUD Amends Standards for Handling Fair Housing Act Harassment Complaints

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 9:30AM

In tomorrow’s Federal Register, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will post a final rule specifying how HUD will evaluate complaints of quid pro quo (“this for that”) harassment and hostile environment harassment under the Fair Housing Act. The rule defines “quid pro quo harassment” and “hostile environment harassment” as conduct prohibited under the Fair Housing Act, and specifies standards to evaluate whether particular conduct creates a quid pro quo or hostile environment in violation of the Fair Housing Act. The final rule also clarifies when housing providers, entities or individuals may be held directly or vicariously liable under the Fair Housing Act for illegal harassment or discriminatory housing practices. The final rule is effective 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. 

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