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Tucson apartment to change policy after pregnancy discrimination case

The Sahara Apartments had a policy that said any resident who becomes pregnant must vacate the building.
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The Sahara Apartments, located near Stone Avenue and 2nd Street in Tucson, had previously forced pregnant residents to move out before the birth of their child.

TUCSON, Ariz. — The state has settled a case against a Tucson apartment complex that discriminated against pregnant tenants.

The Arizona attorney general's office said in a news release Wednesday that the owners of Sahara Apartments have agreed to revise their rental policy.

They will also pay a $2,000 civil penalty.

The complex, which is near the University of Arizona campus, is exclusively offered to students.

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The lease agreement states any resident who becomes pregnant must vacate the building before or upon the birth of her child.

As a result, the attorney general office's Tucson Civil Rights Division filed a charge of housing discrimination based on gender and familial status.

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It is illegal under the state's Fair Housing statutes to discriminate against someone because of pregnancy.