‘No black men please… sorry’
That’s what a September 16 kijiji listing for a renovated three-bedroom unit in beautiful Brampton declared.
It also requested a ‘small family’ (what, no vertically-challenged individuals?) only, and that a letter of employment be provided.
Experts in the field of human rights have quickly pointed out that, well, you just can’t make that request. Jennifer Ramsay with the Human Rights Legal Support Centre said that the posting is a clear violation of the Ontario Human Rights Code, not only because of its racial request, but also because it dictates what the size of the family should be and it asks that applicants be employed.
The Ontario Human Rights Code guarantees “every person . . . arightto equal treatment with respect to the occupancy of accommodation,”and prohibits discriminationonthebasisofa variety of grounds, including,race,“family status,”and “the receipt of public assistance.”
The request for an employment letter also discriminates against applicants who are on social assistance.
The very helpful Ramsay has offered to take this landlord to the Human Rights Tribunal if anyone wants to make a complaint about it.
Should this landlord face a fine or punishment? Have you been discriminated against when seeking a new home? Are you a landlord who has denied an application based on race, family situation or profession? Is that fair? Shouldn’t a landlord have the right to pick and choose who they’d like to provide shelter to?
Read the whole story HERE via Metro News Toronto.