A Los Angeles City Council committee Thursday approved the creation of a civil and human rights ordinance prohibiting discrimination and other forms of bigotry in the city while also creating a commission to investigate and enforce violations.
The motion was introduced by Council President Herb Wesson and Councilman Gil Cedillo and was approved without objection by the Immigrant Affairs, Civil Rights and Equity Committee.
The motion says the proposed law “must provide remedies easily accessible to victims of discrimination and include severe penalties to discourage the exploitation of and discrimination against the city’s residents” and would direct the city attorney to craft the ordinance.
Cedillo told City News Service the ordinance is “about protecting people, everybody, and their humanity, regardless of their legal status or their LGBTQ status or their gender or their age or their disabilities.”
The proposal still needs the approval of the full council.
–City News Service
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