Council Creates a Human Rights Council

After months of study and debate, Charlottesville City Council established a human rights commission this week, Aaron Richardson reports in the Progress. Armed with an anti-discrimination ordinance, the commission will receive complaints of institutional discrimination, such as by employers or landlords, and either refer those complainants to relevant organizations (e.g., the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) or investigate the claims for possible prosecution by the city attorney. For employment claims, they can only consider claims from people who have been fired from their job at an company that employs 6–14 people. There are four similar commissions in the state, all in northern Virginia. Council’s vote was 3–1, with Mayor Satyendra Huja abstaining (he didn’t support the entire ordinance) and Kathy Galvin opposing it (she believes it’s unnecessary and a waste of money.)

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