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SLC looking to create non-discrimination ordinance

By John Daley  |  Posted Jul 21st, 2009 @ 3:41pm


SALT LAKE CITY -- Salt Lake City's government is pushing for a new ordinance that would ban discrimination in housing and employment.

The city's Human Rights Commission released a new discrimination report Tuesday.

The mayor and members of the commission held a press conference on the steps of City Hall to discuss the findings. The group says its study found a surprising number of cases in Salt Lake involving discrimination, particularly in housing and employment.

Some cases involved a person getting turned away because of race or ethnicity. In other cases it was gender or sexual orientation.

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker said, "Today I not only accept this report, I endorse and embrace it going forward."

Among other things, the commission recommended the city create a non-discrimination ordinance, which would prohibit housing or employment discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, source of income, age, gender or sexual orientation.

Yolanda Francisco-Nez, a coordinator with the Office of Diversity and Human Rights, said, "We need to create, truly, a city where equality is respected. That equality exists for everyone, everyone who lives in this city, who visits the city, who is affected by our laws. I really would like to see equality for all."

The city wants to create a system for collecting and addressing discrimination claims, something it does not currently have.


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