Vancouver transgender woman’s rights complaint dismissed
The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal has dismissed a transgender woman’s complaint she faced discrimination while living in women’s housing in the Downtown Eastside.
Angela Dawson alleged she was repeatedly harassed by other tenants during the year she lived in the building run by Atira Women’s Resource Society.
Dawson claimed she was called names, sent nasty notes, and had men’s boots thrown against her apartment door.
She was evicted from the Bridge Housing facility for inappropriate behaviour toward staff and neighbours in February 2011.
Atira Women’s Resource Society denied any discrimination and claimed it treated Dawson with respect and made efforts to address her complaints.
Dawson claimed she informed staff about the incidents when they happened. However, the society said there was a lack of evidence to support the complaints and staff never witnessed any harassment.
Tribunal member Enid Marion decided to dismiss Dawson’s complaint in a ruling issued on May 14.