Winnipeg landlord denies rent application to pregnant woman
Published Wednesday, May 25, 2016 10:46PM EDT
A pregnant Winnipeg woman is planning to file a human rights complaint after she was denied an apartment rental application.
“Right at the end, he pointed to my stomach and goes, ‘what’s that?’” Amy Bailey told CTV Winnipeg. “I was really offended.”
According to Bailey, the landlord told her the walls inside the building are too thin and that a newborn baby would disrupt her neighbours. Bailey said he wouldn’t even give her an application form.
“I drove off quickly and then pulled into a parking lot and I end up crying for like 20 minutes until I could get my head together enough to continue going home,” Bailey, who is six months pregnant, said.
When contacted by CTV Winnipeg, the landlord claimed he isn’t against having kids in the building, but doesn’t think a newborn would fit in. The Manitoba Human Rights Commission said such a stance could be considered discriminatory.
“It’s a violation to the human rights code,” Heather Unger, a lawyer with the Manitoba Human Rights Commission, told CTV Winnipeg. “Just to clarify, it doesn’t have to be the sole reason as long as the pregnancy is a factor – that’s where we could find discrimination.”
Bailey says she plans to file a complaint with the Manitoba Human Rights Commission. In the meantime, she hopes to find another apartment in advance of her August due date.
“It kind of makes me feel like, ok, maybe I won’t get a place in time, and I’ll still be with my parents when the baby comes.”
With files from CTV Winnipeg.