In NYC, People Face Housing Discrimination Due To Their Horoscopes

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A person applying for a housing group was denied because their astrological sign is Capricorn.

Last week, a Twitter user shared a response to a housing request they received, turning them down because their zodiac sign is Capricorn, The Guardian reports.

“Our main goal is to keep things egalitarian, without anyone being ‘in charge’ or domming the household,” the message read. According to online astrological sites, Capricorns are notorious “know-it-alls” and, at times, are “unforgiving” and condescending. “I love capricorns, but I don’t think I could live with one,” the response continued.

As interest in astrology continues to grow and apps related to horoscopes and star signs gain popularity, some argue that rebuffing individuals based on their sign is discriminatory.

But, as civil procedures law professor at the University of California Hastings College of Law David Levine notes, there is little support for this argument in federal courts.

“In order for this to be legally considered discrimination, you have to fall within a protected category,” he said. “Otherwise, you can choose to create a housing contract for any reason you want.”

In another unrelated incident, a New York City paralegal named Jesse visited a queer housing group he found on Facebook for an interview screening with his potential housemates. A question about his zodiac sign came up, and he initially didn’t think much of it.

But later, he got a message saying that the group didn’t think he was a good fit and felt that the discussion about his astrological sign—an Aries—was the primary reason why.

“I have no way of knowing not being called back was related to my sign, but it did strike me as an odd thing to ask,” he said. “It’s the kind of situation where I think if my sign matters that much to you, maybe we’re better off not living together. Although I suppose that logic applies to other forms of discrimination.”

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