This is an employment discrimination story. Honestly.
According to Katherine Feeney of the Brisbane Times, Queensland, Australia is poised to pass an amendment to the Anti-Discrimination Act which would allow hotel and motel owners to evict guests they believe are (legal) sex workers. Apparently a Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal found that the Drover’s Rest Motel had breached the Anti-Discrimination Act by refusing a room to a legal sex worker, which prompted the government to introduce the new law.
Lest our readers think that this report has zero to do with employment discrimination, it seems that before the passage of the Anti-Discrimination Act, some motel owners refused accommodation to indigenous Australians. Claims one civil liberties advocate, the proposed law targets a “particular class of people” based upon arbitrary discrimination on the grounds of personal prejudice, similar to the bias shown in the 1970’s against indigenous Australians.
“If the prostitution in certain cases is quite legal, then to give – without seeing legislation – to give hotel and motel owners the right to evict sex workers if they are carrying out their employment in a legal fashion opens a whole myriad of problems for other people who carry on their business at [hotels and motels].”
A spokesman for a hotel trade group, the Accommodation Association of Australia, supports the proposed law, saying the responsibility for deciding who can get a room should lie with the owner or manager. "As well as providing our industry with much greater certainty, the new laws will assist with ensuring the tourism experience of staying in Queensland is enhanced."
This is a true story — but anyway: Happy Halloween!