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Akron Civil Rights Commission now open to hear discrimination complaints

September 4, 2018

Akron Civil Rights Commission now open to hear discrimination complaints

AKRON, Ohio – Akronites can now take discrimination issues or complaints to the newly opened Akron Civil Rights Commission for resolution.

Mayor Dan Horrigan established the commission in March 2017, with Akron City Council approval. Previously, no legal protections existed in Akron for issues involving discrimination in employment or public accommodations. Limited protections were in place for housing and city contracts.

Horrigan appointed the seven-member commission, which will investigate and mediate complaints about unlawful discrimination based on age, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, military status, marital status, sex or sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression.

The commission also has the power to enforce provisions of the city’s ordinance, which can be viewed online.

Commission members include:

Brant Lee, chairGinaKaye Maddox, vice chairCynthia Christman, secretaryEufrancia LashNanette PittSharon Connor (alternate)John Alvarez Turner (alternate)

Prior to establishing the commission, Akronites had to take complaints to the Ohio Civil Rights Commission.

The ordinance establishing the commission also affirmed Akron as a Welcoming City, which is an immigrant-friendly designation the city adopted in 2015.

To file a complaint, you must fill out a form. The form can be submitted in person or mailed to:

City of Akron Law Department -  Civil DivisionOcasek Government Office Building161 S. High St., Suite 202Akron, Ohio 44308

To learn more about the commission’s work and the complaint process, visit the city’s website.

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