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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Haverford Township Anti-Discrimination Law Passes First Procedural Hurdle

On Monday, January 10, the Board of Commissioners of Haverford Township, Delaware County, PA narrowly approved a first reading of a controversial anti-discrimination ordinance, which if passed, would prevent employment discrimination (as well as discrimination in housing, public accommodation and commercial property) within the Township based not only upon race, color, religion, sex, nationality and disabilities, but also upon sexual orientation. Employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is currently not protected under either the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act or Title VII. The ordinance would also establish a local human relations commission of volunteer citizens, which would be authorized to mediate claims and the power to impose fines up to $10,000.00 and award attorneys fees.

Read the full story from the Delaware County Daily Times here: http://www.delcotimes.com/articles/2011/01/12/news/doc4d2d20d058351959102883.txt?viewmode=default

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