Commission on Human Rights
Human Rights Commission will visit Pineville to rule on discrimination complaints
PINEVILLE – The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights Board of Commissioners will hold its September meeting on Thursday, Sept. 17, at the Bell County Bell-Whitley Community Action Agency, 129 North Pine Street, in Pineville, Ky. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. This is an open meeting and the public is invited. For directions, call the community action agency at (606) 337-3044.
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, Ky. A few times during the year as budget allows, the body meets in other regions to raise awareness to Kentuckians about the functions of their state human rights commission and about their legal rights to equality.
The meeting in Pineville is near the residences of two current human rights commissioners, Commission William Staples of Pineville, and Commissioner Samuel Coleman Jr. of Middlesboro, Ky,
The Kentucky Civil Rights Act protects people from discrimination in the areas of employment, public accommodations (such as stores, theatres, and offices), housing, and financial transactions. The Act protects people from discrimination based on age, color, disability, family status, national origin, race, religion, sex, and tobacco-smoking status.