Commission on Human Rights
Kentucky Human Rights Commission will meet in Richmond this week to rule on discrimination complaints
RICHMOND, KY. JULY 19, 2011 – The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights Board of Commissioners will meet to rule on discrimination complaints at 9:30 a.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) on Thursday, July 21. The meeting is open to the public and will be held in Richmond at the Arlington Club, 1510 Lexington Road, 40475.
The board is expected to rule on 24 discrimination complaints brought by people who believed they may have been victims of illegal discrimination in Kentucky.
The commission usually holds its monthly meetings at its Louisville headquarters. On occasion, the commission meets as budget allows in other regions of the state to raise the public's awareness of civil rights and to demonstrate the state agency's function to enforce the Kentucky Civil Rights Act and federal civil rights laws for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
The Kentucky Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination based on the protected classes of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, familial status, and tobacco-smoking status. The classes are protected with varying stipulations in the areas of employment, public accommodations, housing, and financial transactions. The commission also has authority to investigate private club membership for discrimination under the Kentucky tax code. Members of clubs found to discriminate in their membership are prohibited from taking certain tax deductions regarding their club memberships.
REVISION: In addition to its meeting to rule on Thursday, the Board of Commissioners will meet on Wednesday, July 20, at the Arlington Club in Richmond for a retreat. The retreat is scheduled to begin at approximately 1:30 p.m. The board will discuss education and outreach initiatives, strategies, budget and spending, and may discuss commission policies on commissioner travel expense reimbursement. The board may receive assistance from the agency legal department on commissioner related functions. The meeting is open to the public.
For help with discrimination or for more information about civil rights, contact the commission at 1.800.292.5566. Or visit the website at www.kchr.ky.gov. Links to the commission’s Face Book and Twitter civil rights news pages may also be found at the website.