Commission on Human Rights
KY Human Rights Commission to meet on December 17 in Louisville
LOUISVILLE, KY – The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights Board of Commissioners will meet Thursday, Dec. 17, at headquarters in Louisville, Ky., 332 W. Broadway in the Heyburn Building. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. This is an open meeting and the public is invited. For directions, call (502) 595-4024.
The commission expects to rule on 50 cases alleging discrimination in violation of the Kentucky Civil Rights Act and federal laws. The cases include two conciliation agreements, one in Cynthiana, Ky., based on the protected class of familial status in the area of housing, and one in Louisville based on the protected class of national origin in the area of public accommodations.
The commission plans to hold two quasi-judicial sessions. The first is for William Labruyere and former Human Rights Commissioner Priscilla Johnson v. Jefferson County Public Schools. The deliberations will work toward a ruling on the complaint based on the protected class of disability in the area of employment in Louisville.
The second session will work toward a ruling on Eric Helfrick and Lolita Godoy v. Jeffrey Clay Riester. The complaint alleges discrimination based on the protected class of race in the area of housing in Wilmore, Ky.
The commission meets monthly to rule on discrimination complaints made by members of the public and pertaining to Kentucky. The board acts with the authority of a court of law. Investigating and deciding on discrimination complaints is the commission’s main function as the state enforcement authority of The Kentucky Civil Rights Act (Kentucky Revised Statute 344), The US Civil Rights Act, and other federal civil rights laws.
The commission often meets at its headquarters in Louisville. A few times during the year, as budget allows, the body meets in other regions to raise awareness for Kentuckians about the functions of their state human rights commission and about their legal rights to equality.
The Kentucky Civil Rights Act protects people from discrimination based on age, color, disability, familial status, national origin, race, religion, sex, and tobacco-smoking status. The law protects with varying stipulations regarding these classes in the areas of employment, financial transactions, housing, private clubs, and public accommodations.