HUD issues proposed harassment rule: Like the final AFFH rule, this proposed fair housing rule on sexual and racial harassment in housing was delayed for years inside the HUD and OMB bureaucracy, but the proposed harassment rule was definitely worth the wait. The rule defines “‘quid pro quo” and “hostile environment” harassment, defines building owner and management responsibility for sexual harassment by building staff, neighbor on neighbor racial harassment, and other forms of harassment based on religion, disability, etc. These types of discrimination claims have long been cognizable under the “discriminatory terms and conditions” section of the Fair Housing Act, but the new rule provides clear guidelines for both HUD administrative complaints and complaints in federal court, and resolves certain ambiguities about which aspects of Title VII harassment law should apply in the housing context.
The U.S. Human Rights Network’s sixth national human rights conference, December 10-13, in Austin, TX.
Legal theory and civil rights: Duke Law School’s Center on Law, Race and Politics is hosting The Present and Future of Civil Rights Movements: Race and Reform in 21st Century America,November 20-21, in Durham, NC