A year after City Council created Charlottesville's Office of Human Rights, there's still a bit of an awareness problem. In its first six months, it handled just 41 complaints of discrimination in the city.
The office's two full-time staff members are working hard to educate the Charlottesville community about what they do. They hosted an open house at its location at the Market Street parking garage near the downtown mall Thursday.
The Office of Human Rights was established by City Council a year ago, alongside the city's volunteer-run Human Rights Task Force. Both work to investigate alleged discrimination and promote education about human rights in the Charlottesville community.
“This kind of allows the city to have an official place for people to come and address issues of discrimination they may be experiencing in the city,” said Zan Tewksbury, director of the Office of Human Rights.
The office investigates claims of discrimination based on age, race, sex, ability, and religion.
All communication with the office is confidential. If you want to file a discrimination complaint with the city, or have a question about your rights, click here.
Ed joined the NBC29 news team in May, 2011. A Charlotte, NC, native, he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with degrees in journalism and political science.Full Story
Ed joined the NBC29 news team in May, 2011. A Charlotte, NC, native, he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with degrees in journalism and political science. Email/Follow on Twitter/ Full Story
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