Text: H.R.5788 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (02/06/2020)


116th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 5788


To amend the Fair Housing Act to require a complaint of sexual harassment be annually reported to Congress, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 6, 2020

Mr. Katko (for himself, Ms. Kuster of New Hampshire, Mr. Joyce of Ohio, Mr. Rodney Davis of Illinois, Ms. Moore, and Ms. Speier) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To amend the Fair Housing Act to require a complaint of sexual harassment be annually reported to Congress, 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 “Preventing Sexual Harassment in Public Housing Act of 2020”.

SEC. 2. Requirement to annually report complaints of sexual harassment.

(a) Annual report.—Section 808(e)(2) of the Fair Housing Act (42 U.S.C. 3608(e)(2)) is amended—

(1) in subparagraph (A) by striking “and” at the end;

(2) in subparagraph (B)(iii) by striking the semicolon and inserting “; and”; and

(3) by inserting after subparagraph (B) the following new subparagraph:

“(C) containing tabulations of the number of instances in the preceding year in which complaints of discriminatory housing practices were filed with the Department of Housing and Urban Development or a fair housing assistance program, including identification of whether each complaint was filed with respect to discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, handicap, or familial status.”.

(b) Sexual harassment.—Section 808 of the Fair Housing Act (42 U.S.C. 3608) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

“(g) In carrying out the reporting obligations under this section, the Secretary shall—

“(1) consider a complaint filed with respect to discrimination based on sex to include any complaint filed with respect to sexual harassment; and

“(2) in reporting the instances of a complaint filed with respect to discrimination based on sex under subsection (e)(2)(C), include a disaggregated tabulation of the total number of such complaints filed with respect to sexual harassment.”.

(c) Initiative To combat sexual harassment in housing.—Title 9 of the Fair Housing Act (42 U.S.C. 3631) is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

“SEC. 902. Initiative to combat sexual harassment in housing.

“The Attorney General shall establish an initiative to investigate and prosecute an allegation of a violation under this Act with respect to sexual harassment.”.


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