Commission on Human Rights
KY Human Rights Commission presents, “Kentucky’s Overlooked Majority: A Presentation on Disability Rights”
LOUISVILLE – The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights (KCHR) Board of Commissioners will hold its regular monthly meeting to rule on discrimination complaints at 9:30 a.m. EST, Thursday, July 17, at the Louisville Urban League, 1535 W Broadway, in Louisville, Ky.
Following the meeting, from 1 to 3 p.m., the commission will present its fifth Citizens Advocacy Hearing, which will feature a panel discussion called, “Kentucky’s Overlooked Majority: A Presentation on Disability Rights.” The commission invites the public to attend these events.
The panel will feature Sharon Fields, executive director of the Kentucky Disabilities Coalition, Cass Irvin, community organizer and disability rights activist, Marcellus Mayes, president of the Metro Disability Coalition in Louisville, David Holton, 30th District Court judge and Kentucky’s first blind judge, and Timothy Owens, American Sign Language educator and interpreter. Moderating will be Laura Rothstein, professor of Law and Distinguished University Scholar at the University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. Rick Howlett, news director at National Public Radio affiliate WFPL in Louisville, will act as panel questioner.
During its board meeting, the commission expects to rule on several complaints alleging discrimination based on the protected classes and jurisdictions of state and federal civil rights laws. In addition, the board will go into a quasi-judicial session to rule on the case of Sunnye Arnold v. the Bluegrass Café in Beaver Dam, Ky. The complaint based the protected class of sex in the jurisdiction of employment.
The Kentucky Human Rights Commission is the state government agency that enforces the Kentucky Civil Rights Act and policies of federal civil rights laws.