Along with masks and stunning unemployment figures, the coronavirus pandemic has brought with it a surge in sexual harassment of tenants by landlords, property managers, and other housing professionals. News items like this have become increasingly common: A female tenant loses her job and informs the landlord that she’ll likely miss her next rent payment. The landlord suggests she “pay in other ways.” This type of indecent proposal is unlawful housing discrimination under the federal Fair Housing Act, and survivors can sue for compensatory damages, punitive damages, attorneys’ fees, and injunctive relief.
This program will provide attorneys with a strong foundation in the law and practice of those claims from a plaintiff’s perspective. After covering the basics of the Fair Housing Act and the specific legal standards governing harassment claims, the course will focus on investigation and strategic issues.
For 13 years, Tom Kayes worked for some of the leading lawyers and law firms in the country.
But his first job out of college was working with women who’d been sexually harassed by their landlords. That first job led Tom to law school. He graduated from Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law magna cum laude and Order of the Coif. At school, he interned for a federal judge, worked at a federal prosecutor’s office, won a teaching-assistant-of-the-year award, and was the law prom king in his final year.
After graduating, Tom clerked for Judge Richard C. Tallman on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle, Washington, and for Judge Edmond E. Chang on the Northern District of Illinois, the federal trial court in Chicago. He also worked as an attorney representing plaintiffs at leading civil rights, consumer class action, and mass tort law firms. He even spent the better part of two years at a major defense firm, but we don’t talk about that.
He gives presentations on fair housing rights and teaches a seminar on housing discrimination at the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.
Illinois & California
One of the best courses I've taken and one of the best instructors I've had at Lawline. Thanks.
Excellent course. Really learned a lot
A clean presentation would un
Thank you for all the resources.
Mr Kayes manner and teaching lecturing were outstanding Made the topic very interesting !!
A few technical issues with this live class.
Despite the glitch in the middle, I found the program well-done and informative.
Very good speaker - really knowledgeable about this area of law.
This speaker really knew his material and gave so many practical tips.
Informative and good format, even with technical difficulties.
Nice examples, good use of case law, nice flow
Excellent course. Presenter had nice conversational style.