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Fayetteville Antidiscrimination Vote Nears

Heavy Turnout Expected At Tuesday’s City Council Meeting

Posted: August 17, 2014 at 1:30 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- Fayetteville is not the first place where a proposal to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity has ignited intense public debate.

Meeting Information

Fayetteville City Council

When: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Room 219, City Administration Building, 113 W. Mountain St.

On the Agenda: A proposal to prohibit discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations based on someone’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity. The proposal would also create a municipal civil rights administrator position.

Watch Online: Accessfayetteville.org.

Source: Staff Report

Web Watch

Proposed Ordinance

Go to the online version of this story at nwaonline.com to read a copy of the proposed Civil Rights Administration ordinance.

At A Glance

Ordinance Terms

The proposed Civil Rights Administration ordinance defines the following terms:

• Civil Rights Administrator: The person designated by the mayor to receive, investigate and conciliate complaints

• Discrimination: Any act, policy or practice that has the effect of subjecting any person to differential treatment as a result of that person’s real or perceived race, ethnicity, national origin, age (if 18 years of age or older), gender, gender identity, gender expression, familial status, marital status, socioeconomic background, religion, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status

• Familial Status: An individual’s status as parent or legal guardian to a child or children below the age of 18 who may or may not reside with that individual

• Gender Identity: A person’s gender-related identity, whether or not that identity is or is perceived to be different from that traditionally associated with the sex assigned to that individual at birth

• Gender Expression: A person’s gender-related appearance and behavior whether or not that gender expression is or is perceived to be different from that traditionally associated with the person’s assigned sex at birth

• Place of Public Accommodation: Inns, taverns, hotels, motels, restaurants, wholesale outlets, retail outlets, banks, savings and loan associations, other financial institutions, credit information bureaus, insurance companies, dispensaries, clinics, hospitals, theaters, recreational parks and facilities, trailer camps, garages, public halls and all other establishments within the city which offer goods, services, accommodations and entertainment to the public

• Sexual Orientation: Actual or perceived heterosexuality, homosexuality or bisexuality

Source: City Of Fayetteville

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