Erie County Council addressing anti-discrimination ordinance

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Erie County Council is considering expansion of the county’s protections against discrimination, but it is trying to decide the best way.

The council discussed the language in the proposed amendment to the Human Relations Commission ordinance Thursday at a committee finance meeting. The ordinance would add gender identity, source of income, and criminal history to the list of protected classes.

As it is currently proposed, it would prohibit employers and landlords from discriminating for some offenses that are more than 10 years old.

Some landlords have expressed concern over that provision.

Jay Breneman, chairman of Erie County Council, said, “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 council’s finance committee could further discuss the ordinance at their next meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 5 p.m.

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