Cal. agency says state law covers roommates

September 06, 1998
With misgivings about invading apartment dwellers' privacy, a California state civil rights agency awarded $2,744.35 in damages to a black Oakland woman rejected as a roommate by two white women because of her race.
     The Fair Employment and Housing Commission said people who rent a house or apartment and seek a roommate are covered by California's law banning racial discrimination in housing.
     While taking part in the 4-0 decision, two commission members said the Legislature should change the law.
     The law ``intrudes too far into individuals' choice of living arrangements, and may also raise constitutional issues of privacy and association,'' wrote commissioners Theron Johnson and Ann-Marie Villicana.