Your Latino Name Could Be Working Against You When Trying To Buy Or Rent A Home
If you’ve ever applied for a lease or a mortgage and were denied despite having good credit and no dents on your background check, there’s a chance it could be because of your name. Last year, a study by the University of Missouri found that some employers discriminate against job applicants with traditionally black and Latino names. New poll figures, released by NPR, go deeper into how people of color feel they’ve been affected by housing discrimination.
According to NPR, 31 percent of Latinos say they have experienced discrimination when looking for a house or apartment.
NPR spoke to Gustavo Douaihi and Laura Smith, who recently got married and were looking to rent an apartment. Smith says she told her husband, Gustavo, to look into an apartment that they both liked. Douaihi says he left a voicemail with his name but never heard back. Laura reached out to the landlord and left her name on the voicemail.
“The woman texted me back like within five minutes,” Laura told NPR. “It was so clear that the landlord responded differently to me than to my husband,” she said. “The only different information she had between the two voicemails was … a Hispanic name.”
If you need further proof that discrimination exists based on your ethnic name or profile picture, look no further than the lawsuit AirBnb faced last year.
In 2016, AirBnB almost faced a class action lawsuit from people who said they were discriminated against because they were black. Soon after, #AirbnbWhileBlack began trending on social media, with people sharing their AirBnB discrimination stories.
The poll also shows Latinos feel even more discrimination when applying for work. Thirty-three percent of Latinos say they have been discriminated against when applying for work, while 32 percent say being Latino has affected their salary or getting a promotion. Even more startling is that 1 in 3 Latinos say they have faced discrimination in some way.
NPR polled 3,453 adults in the nation for the survey, and 803 identified as Latino.