INSIDER's Pop Quiz!
Q: An apartment building owner can't be liable for a fair housing violation based on sexual harassment if the accused employee and the tenant are both men. True or false?
A: False. Make sure your policies banning sexual harassment apply even if the victim and the harasser are the same gender. You risk liability under the Fair Housing Act because it bans sexual harassment, even if both parties are of the same sex. In addition, you could be liable for discrimination based on sexual orientation under New York City's Human Rights Law.
For more information, see "How to Avoid Discrimination Claims Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity," in the April 2012 issue of the Insider, available on our homepage.