Creating a Human Relations Code & Human Relations Commission for ACC
Athens-Clarke County Unified Government Should Adopt a Human Relations Code
- Cover more than downtown: The first step would be the Unified Government adopting a Human Relations Code that would protect the public welfare, health, peace, and safety within the County regarding open public accommodations (including businesses such as bars & hotels), equal employment opportunity, and fair housing.
- Be enforceable: This code would be created in a manner that would have enforceable measures available to the County if a violation is found to have taken place. Such as:
- Revoking of a liquor license
- Revoking of a business license
- Mediation & conciliation between the victim and offender
- The option to take the complaint to Municipal Court would still exist
County should then also create a Human Relations Commission
- Human Relation Commission (HRC) would hear, review, and make recommendations on discrimination complaints: The HRC would hear, review, and investigate complaints. The HRC would either attempt to remedy the situation with the victim & offender, or make a recommendation to the Mayor & Commission on what actions to take.
- The HRC must be diverse and independent: Members of the HRC should be appointed in a manner that assures it remain an independent body. Effort must be taken to ensure that the appointees to the HRC express the diversity of the Athens-Clarke County community and the traits covered by the Human Relations Code.
Examples of Cities with a Human Relations Commission:
- Atlanta, GA
- Los Angeles, CA
- Philadelphia, PA
- Lawrence, KS
- Austin, TX
- Raleigh-Durham, NC
- Rapid City, SD
Example of Human Relations Code:
- Atlanta code – Chapter 94
(This is a suggested policy only at this time)