HUD Releases New Guidance on Harassment & LEP Ruling Discrimination Under the Fair Housing Act


December 20, 2016


Paul Flogstad

  1:00 PM EDT | 10:00 AM PDT


The final rule issued by the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) took effect on October 14, 2016. Are you up to date with all its rulings and requirements? Understand what it covers and states, so you’re in compliance.

The final rule issued by the HUD created liability for housing providers under the Fair Housing Act (FHA), in instances of “quid pro quo harassment” or “hostile environment harassment”. This rule prohibits harassment related to quid pro quo and hostile environment.  In addition, it also issues a final rule on limited English proficiency. The guidance specifically addresses how methods of proof apply with regards to disparate treatment and discriminatory effects in fair housing careers, in which adverse housing actions are based on limited English proficiency (LEP).

As a housing provider, you would be violating the FHA if your provider’s policy or practice has an unjustified discriminatory effect, even if the provider had no intent to do so. This means that policies which appear neutral on the surface, which potentially restrict access to LEP individuals might very well count as in violation of the act. Find out whether your policy is in violation, and what to do if it is.

To ensure that you’re in compliance and to not incur penalty, you need to understand these rules well. During the course of this webinar, our speaker will take you through the final rule, explaining things to make sure you understand them completely. It is important that you understand each ruling, as they could have major implications on your liability, under the FHA.

Attend this webinar to inform and educate yourself, so you know what to do, if you find yourself or your client facing an accusation of harassment.

Training Highlights:

  • Understand each and every ruling, to ensure compliance and to avoid unnecessary costs and penalties
  • Learn about “quid pro quo harassment”, “hostile environment harassment”, and the final rule on LEP
  • Learn about intentional discrimination, and what falls under this category
  • Learn about the three categories of direct liability for housing providers
  • Ensure that you’re in compliance
  • Find out if your provider’s policy is in violation of the act

Who will benefit:

  • Property Managers
  • Property Owners
  • Realtors
  • Compliance Staff