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File #: 15-16263    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Policy Item Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 8/3/2021 In control: City Council Business Meeting
On agenda: 8/9/2021 Final action:
Title: Non-Discrimination Ordinance
Attachments: 1. Draft Ordinance 2021-8-8 (blackline), 2. Non-Discrimination Ordinance Process Map
Title
Non-Discrimination Ordinance

Action
Action:
A. Receive public comments on proposed updates to the City Code of Ordinances, and

B. Adopt an ordinance amending the City Code by adding familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, pregnancy, and natural hairstyle to the list of protected classes in the commercial non-discrimination, public accommodations, and passenger vehicles for hire ordinances and adding new area to cover employment discrimination for all existing and proposed new protected classes.

Body
Staff Resource(s):
Patrick Baker, City Attorney's Office
Willie Ratchford, Community Relations

Explanation
* The proposed ordinance as drafted would:
* Add sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression (included under sex), pregnancy, veteran status, familial status, natural hairstyle (also included under race and national origin) as protected classes in the commercial non-discrimination policy, public accommodations, and passenger vehicles for hire ordinances;
* Add the list to the protected classes that the Community Relations Committee is authorized to make recommendations for legislation or other actions to eliminate or reduce discrimination and to approve or disapprove plans to eliminate discrimination through the conciliation process, and;
* For the employment ordinance, include all current protected classes and proposed classes to include: race, color, gender, religion, national origin, ethnicity, age, familial status, sex (including sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression), veteran status, pregnancy, natural hairstyle, or disability. This ordinance would apply to employers with 14 or fewer employees.
* At the City Council Strategy Session on August 2, 2021, the City Council received a presentation from the City Attorney on the history of Charlotte's non-discrimination ordinances, proposed amendments, and related legal issues.
* City Council proposed several additional c...

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