Thomas v Haque, 2016 HRTO 1012

The HRLSC represented a Black woman who was trying to find an apartment in which to settle before the birth of her baby. She arranged a viewing with the landlord and they exchanged several texts and phone calls. As she was nearing the apartment, the landlord asked her where she was from. When she told him she was originally from the Caribbean, the landlord suddenly said the apartment was unavailable. The landlord claimed that at the very moment she was crossing the street he decided to sell the apartment building. The Tribunal did not find his explanation credible.

The Tribunal ordered:

  • $10,000 compensation for the discrimination; and
  • The landlord to take human rights training, and, in particular to watch the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s five-part video called “Rental Housing and the [Human Rights]Code.”

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