Sexual harassment in housing is when a housing provider or their employee makes unwelcome sexual advances, demands sex or sexual favors, often uses other words or acts of a sexual nature, rapes or sexually assaults you.
The most important thing is safety -Call for help! If you are assaulted, call 911.
If you are not comfortable reporting to the police but want to talk to someone, call the Sexual Violence Center Crisis Line at (612) 871-5111.
You can file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Minnesota Department of Human Rights or a city agency. Call them for information on what to do. They will investigate your claim for free. In most cases, you need to file a complaint or lawsuit within 1 or sometimes 2 years.
MN Department of Human Rights
625 Robert St North
St. Paul, MN 55155
Phone: (651) 539-1100 or 1(800) 657-3704
TTY: (651) 296-1283 www.mn.gov/mdhr
MN Department of Human Rights – St Cloud
400 Second St South
St. Cloud, MN 56301
Phone: (320) 650-3133 www.mn.gov/mdhr
Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
77 West Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60604-3507
Phone: (800) 765-9372 www.hud.gov
Call a lawyer to talk about your options. A lawyer can:
Get a court order to keep the harasser away from you
Fight eviction that your landlord filed because of your response to sexual harassment
Start a civil rights case and ask the court to make the landlord pay money damages to you.