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1 Fair Housing and Sexual Harassment Training Edgewood Audio Training 2011 Kathi Williams
2 AgendaAnimal IssuesDocumenting Reasonable Accommodations Requests and VerificationsHow to Handle False Requests and VerificationsVAWA Documenting Abuse OccurredPreventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
3 Unusual Assist Animals Panda the HorseSadie the Parrot
4 Case Study 1Rosie is a blind applicant who has applied for an apartment at Happy Village.Rosie comes to the interview with her guide horse named PandaRosie asks Lisa, the manager, for a two bedroom so she’ll have room for PandaWhat should Lisa do?
5 Case Study 1Explain to Rosie that Panda is too large to live in a small unit.Ask for the training certification to prove that Panda is a trained service animal.Ask Rosie to obtain a note from her doctor that she is blind and needs a guide horse.Discuss with Rosie any special needs she has due to her disability including any special requirements that will be necessary for her guide horse, then place her on the waiting list for the appropriate sized bedroom
6 Animal Issues Pet policies Assist animals may be reasonable accommodation to any and all policies regarding petsPets vs. Service Animals vs. Companion AnimalsCosts associated with service animals should be included as disability related expenseNo related charges until actual damage occursSize restrictionsTypes of animals – cats, dogs, birds, exotic(?)Difference in FHA and ADA requirementsAssist animal agreement
7 What Constitutes a Request? Should a resident say, “I would like an accommodation in your practices, policies, or procedures that is necessary to allow me full enjoyment of my housing because of my disability, pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §3604(f)(3)(B)”?Can’t insist resident use specific language to make a request or use your forms if adequate info is providedIf staff is unclear, ask directly “are you asking this because of a disability?”
8 HUD / DOJ GuidanceNO VERIFICATION REQUIRED when the disability and/or the need for the accommodation is “readily apparent” (visually obvious)
9 Verification Always for eligibility For reasonable accommodation, if disability or need for accommodation is not “readily apparent” = visually obvious
10 Verification Form Is this person “disabled” (provide definition)? Does this person need an accommodation BECAUSE OF the disability?What is the accommodation needed?What is the connection between the disability and the request?Do you know that if this matter is litigated you may be required to testify as to the accuracy of the information you are providing?
11 Verification (cont.) Verifier need not be MD What about “self verification”?While should avoid questions about the nature or severity of the disability, can ask resident and verifier to explain the nexus/connection between the disability and the requested accommodationCan follow up if verification appears contrary to information visible to staff
12 Case Study 2Burt sends a request to Lisa that he be permitted to transfer to a different/larger apartment mid lease He requests that Lisa pay for the transfer as a reasonable accommodation because he is depressed and claustrophobic and his current unit is causing his symptoms to worsen
13 Case Study 2When Lisa verifies Burt’s request, his doctor says he’s depressed and phobic and the larger, sunnier apartment will improve the symptoms associated with his depression and fear of small spaces Lisa believes Burt just wants to be able to get his transfer paid for to a newly vacant, highly desirable apartment in his building What should Lisa do next? Does it matter whether the property is market rate or HUD subsidized?
14 Case Study 2 Answers Ignore Burt’s request because it is ridiculous Ask Burt to provide another verification from a different doctorPermit the transfer, but require that Burt pay for associated costsSend the doctor a questionnaire requesting additional explanation of how a different apartment will ameliorate the symptoms of Burt’s disabilities
15 What to do if a Resident’s Accommodation Request and/or Verification Information Appear to be False Follow up with both resident and verifier to clarify any confusing informationTo be able to follow up with verifier, the verification authorization should include statement that authorization covers the information on this form and any follow up information needed to make determination of request
16 Following Up on the Accuracy of the Verifier Follow up can occur in telephone call or with additional forms or lettersIf there’s a conflict in the information known by staff, ask the verifier to explain the conflictAsk the verifier for more information of why this accommodation is necessary for the resident or how the accommodation is connected to the disability
17 VAWA Regs – Verifying the Abuse Occurred Applicant/Resident chooses method of documenting that abuse occurred from the 3 methods1.Applicant/Resident is allowed, but not required to self certify abuse using HUD forms (PIH) or (H)2.Or can provide third party documentation with police or court records3.Or documentation signed by employee, agent or volunteer of victim service provider, an attorney, or medical provider from whom victim has sought assistanceProfessional must attest under penalty of perjury under 28 U.S.C that incidents are bona fide incidents of abuseRecommend use of a form or attachment for letter
19 Infamous Claims of Sexual Harassment 1. Anita Hill vs. Justice Clarence Thomas2. Paula Jones vs. President Bill Clinton3. The Tailhook Convention4. Mitsubishi Motors Manufacturing5. University of Colorado Football Program
20 Laws Prohibiting Sexual Harassment Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964Title VII applies to employers with 15 or more employeesState laws also prohibit sexual harassment
21 DefinitionUnwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual's employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual's work performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.
22 When Does Sexual Harassment Occur? Sexual harassment can occur in a variety of circumstances, including but not limited to the following:The victim as well as the harasser may be a woman or a man. The victim does not have to be of the opposite sex.The harasser can be the victim's supervisor, an agent of the employer, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, or a non-employee.The victim does not have to be the person harassed but could be anyone affected by the offensive conduct.Unlawful sexual harassment may occur without economic injury to or discharge of the victim.The harasser's conduct must be unwelcome.
23 Facts that May Influence Outcome It is helpful for the victim to inform the harasser directly that the conduct is unwelcome and must stopThe victim should use any employer complaint mechanism or grievance system availableIt will be important for the victim to provide evidence that she told someone at the time the harassment was occurring
24 Examples of Actions That Are Considered Sexual Harassment Sexual teasing, jokes, remarks, questionsSexual looks, gesturesDeliberate touching, leaning, corneringPressure for datesLetters, calls, sexual materialsStalkingPressure for sexual favorsActual/attempted rape, assault
25 Supreme Court Explains Sexual Harassment in Vinson Voluntary sexual relationships in the work placeFocus is on “unwelcomeness” rather than voluntarinessDoes not have to cause an economic or tangible injuryMust prove only a hostile or abusive work environmentMust be sufficiently severe or pervasiveEmployer liability if harassment is provedAlways for supervisorsFor Coworkers, only if employer was notified
26 True or False Test1.As an employee who believes she is being sexually harassed by a coworker, it will be important to your cause of action to discuss the matter with your therapist.2.As a supervisor, if an employee from another division in the company complains of sexually harassing behavior by her supervisor, your best action would be to tell her to tell him to stop.3. A male employee who is gay could file a charge of sexual harassment against his male supervisor if he continually makes rude comments and homosexually harassing jokes.
27 True or False (cont.)4. A female maintenance employee should expect to work in an environment with sexually explicit language and teasing, and would not be able to file a claim about such behavior. 5. Only after an employer has fired an employee could the employee file a complaint of sexual harassment. 6.If an employee is overly sensitive to raunchy jokes, that’s her problem and she needs to be told to grow up.
28 EDGEWOOD Audio Training 2011 QUESTIONS????? THANKS FOR YOUR ATTENTION! Kathi Williams