July 21, 2009

Report documents housing discrimination in Utah

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The Salt Lake City Human Rights Commission has documented a number of instances of housing discrimination against people because of their race, gender, sexual orientation, class or ability. Rosemary Winters of the Salt Lake Tribune highlighted a few disturbing instances – a landlord who refused to fix a family’s oven because the tenants didn’t speak English, and a man who faced eviction because he was gay. Among other recommendations, the report suggested Mayor Ralph Becker and the City Council pass a nondiscrimination ordinance. Becker has said he planned to introduce such an ordinance this year.

 

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