A Louisville-area pastor has filed a complaint against St. Stephen Baptist Church, accusing the church of reassigning him because of his race. St. Stephen is Kentucky’s largest African-American congregation and includes a satellite location in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Pastor Billy Hollins, who is African-American, worked for the church from 2001 until August last year.
For the 51st year in a row, the Kentucky Human Rights Commission has heard more complaints about racial discrimination than any other issue. The commission handles cases of discrimination for any protected class in Kentucky. That includes race, gender, age, color, disability, familial status, national origin, religion and smoking status. The panel released its annual report… Continue reading Human Rights Commission Report Shows Racial Discrimination Complaints Most Prevalent
The federal government has filed a lawsuit on behalf of thirteen Kentucky coal miners who say they were discriminated against over their race. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the lawsuit earlier this week in the Western District of Kentucky against River View Coal. The lawsuit alleges that thirteen African-American miners who applied for jobs… Continue reading Government Alleges Western Kentucky Coal Company Discriminated Against Black Miners
The Berea City Council has adopted an ordinance that will create a Human Rights Commission to investigate discrimination complaints. But activists are upset that the council declined to consider an ordinance that would offer protections from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The council had been considering a fairness ordinance similar those on… Continue reading Berea City Council Approves Creation Of Human Rights Panel
The City of Hazard, Kentucky has released its final report and action plan following allegations that two men were asked to leave a public pool because of their sexual orientation. (Click to read the report and the action plan) The two men, who are also developmentally disabled, were with the care organization Mending Hearts at… Continue reading City of Hazard Releases Report, Suspends Employee Following Allegations of Discrimination
Several parties are investigating an alleged act of discrimination in Hazard, Kentucky. The two men, who also have developmental disabilities, say they were told to leave the public pool in the Hazard Pavilion because they were a couple. Others, however, say the two were making public displays of affection, which aren’t allowed at all in… Continue reading Alleged Discrimination at Hazard Pool Sparks Investigation
The Fairness Coalition has released the results of the first survey on the topic in six years. (PDF of the results) The poll, which the coalition commissioned, shows majority support for protections from discrimination in housing and employment and the extension of hospital visitation rights to LGBT partners.
The conference features workshops on fair housing, economic assistance and civil rights. Commission director Carolyn Miller-Cooper says the goal of the conference, as in previous years, is to help familiarize Louisvillians with discrimination law.
More than 420 Kentuckians called the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights to complain of violations this year, that’s the second highest on record for the state.