TORONTO, Aug. 18, 2014 /CNW/ - A young woman was denied an apartment
because she was under the age of 18, something that is illegal under
Ontario's Human Rights Code. The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario found Havcare Investments and Ms.
Carolyn Goodman had violated the Code, fabricated evidence and attempted to get a witness to lie on the
Recognizing the young woman's particular vulnerability the Tribunal
anonymized her name, noting that she "had been a Crown ward since she
was 13 years old, was homeless, and was still in high school.
Furthermore, she was dealing with significant personal issues,
including a pregnancy."
The Tribunal awarded the young woman $10,000 in damages for the
discrimination and ordered the landlord to hire an expert to develop a
human rights policy and train staff.
"This is a significant decision," said Megan Evans Maxwell, AB's lawyer who acted for the Centre for
Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA) and is now counsel at the Human
Rights Legal Support Centre. "This young woman had support and was
determined to make a difference to other peoples' lives so she stuck
with it," continued Evans Maxwell.
The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario found that Ms. Goodman (also known
as Ms. Linton and/or Krebs) had "attempted to influence a witness, Ms.
St. John, to deny that the applicant had been denied the unit on the
basis of her age." The Tribunal also concluded that the landlord had
"fabricated evidence" in testifying that the unit had been rented to
"Housing decisions from the Tribunal are rare," said Theresa Thornton,
Executive Director of CERA. "Most people walk away from the
discrimination, desperate to secure a place to live," continued
CERA is the only organization in Canada dedicated to promoting human
rights in housing and ending housing discrimination.
The Human Rights Legal Support Centre offers free legal services to
individuals throughout Ontario who have experienced discrimination
contrary to Ontario's Human Rights Code.
SOURCE: Human Rights Legal Support Centre
For further information:
For more information or to arrange interviews:
Theresa Thornton, Executive Director, CERA 944-0087 ext.2
Jennifer Ramsay, Human Rights Legal Support Centre 416-597-4958 or 416-522-5931 (mobile)