Criminal history still up for debate under new discrimination ordinance

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Erie County Council considers expanding the county’s protections against discrimination but they’re deciding the best way.  The council discussing the language in the proposed amendment to the human relations commission ordinance that would add gender identity, source of income, and criminal history to the list of protected classes.

As proposed.it would prohibit employers and landlords from discriminating for some offenses that are more than 10 years old, but concern from some landlords has meant further deliberation.  Jay Breneman, of Erie County Council, says, “Two of the three protected classes that we’ve been discussing is really a non-issue, the gender identity and the income. It looks like we’ll end up passing those. The only one we’re still fine-tuning is the criminal history as a protected class.”

The finance committee may continue further discussion on the ordinance at their next meeting December 19th.

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