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115th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 1601


To amend the Fair Housing Act to establish that certain conduct, in or around a dwelling, shall be considered to be severe or pervasive for purposes of determining whether a certain type of sexual harassment has occurred under that Act, and for other purposes.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

July 20, 2017

Mrs. Shaheen (for herself, Ms. Klobuchar, Mr. Franken, and Ms. Harris) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs


A BILL

To amend the Fair Housing Act to establish that certain conduct, in or around a dwelling, shall be considered to be severe or pervasive for purposes of determining whether a certain type of sexual harassment has occurred under that Act, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Combat Sexual Harassment in Housing Act”.

SEC. 2. Sexual harassment in or around a dwelling.

The Fair Housing Act is amended by inserting after section 807 (42 U.S.C. 3607) the following:

“SEC. 807A. Sexual harassment in or around a dwelling.

“(a) Hostile environment sexual harassment.—For purposes of determining, under this title, whether unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature is sufficiently severe or pervasive to constitute a discriminatory housing practice based on hostile environment sexual harassment, any incident of conduct described in subsection (b) that occurs in or around a dwelling, shall be considered to be severe or pervasive.

“(b) Conduct.—The conduct described in subsection (a) consists of—

“(1) unwelcome touching of a sexual nature or groping; or

“(2) any other unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that is intended to be coercive, threatening, or intimidating.”.