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Fayetteville anti-bias proposal a result of months of work

Chamber of Commerce president voices support for new policy

By Joel Walsh

This article was published June 6, 2015 at 1:00 a.m.

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NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE Adella Gray (center), Fayetteville alderwoman, speaks Friday during a news conference to announce a new anti-discrimination ordinance at the Fayetteville Town Center. With Gray are (from left) Chaz Allen of the NWA Center for Equality; Steve Clark of the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce; Mark Martin, local attorney; Danielle Weatherby, University of Arkansas law professor; The Rev. Lowell Grisham, rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Fayetteville; and The Rev. Clint Schnekloth, lead pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Fayetteville.

Fayetteville Civil Rights Commission

Under a proposal by aldermen Adella Gray and Matthew Petty, a seven-member Civil Rights Commission would investigate complaints of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity if the complaints could not be resolved through private mediation.

According to the proposal, the commission would be comprise:

• Two representatives of the business community;

• Two owners or managers of rental property;

• One representative with experience in human resources or employment law; and

• Two citizens at large, a least one of whom identifies as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

Members would be appointed by the City Council to three-year terms.

Source: Staff Report

A group of local lawyers and residents worked quietly for months to craft a proposed nondiscrimination ordinance for the city, one of the proposal's sponsors said Friday.

Fayetteville Civil Rights Commission

Under a proposal by aldermen Adella Gray and Matthew Petty, a seven-member Civil Rights Commission would investigate complaints of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity if the complaints could not be resolved through private mediation.

According to the proposal, the commission would be comprise:

• Two representatives of the business community;

• Two owners or managers of rental property;

• One representative with experience in human resources or employment law; and

• Two citizens at large, a least one of whom identifies as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

Members would be appointed by the City Council to three-year terms.

Source: Staff Report

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