LA Metropolis Council rolls out discrimination enforcement unit


LOS ANGELES (KABC) — With the Los Angeles Metropolis Council racism scandal nonetheless simmering, town on Tuesday unveiled its new discrimination enforcement division, promising to crack down on civil and human rights violations in non-public sector commerce, training, employment and housing.

“Angelenos who’ve skilled discrimination, whether or not that is at work, in housing, in school, can lastly discover justice,” stated Mayor Eric Garcetti. “I am very happy with the work that this metropolis has achieved. I am all the time ashamed of the work that we nonetheless need to do, however we’re not powerless to maneuver that ball ahead.”

Final month, discrimination took middle stage in L.A. when a year-old recording of three metropolis councilmembers was launched.

In that recording, the dialogue shifted from redistricting to racist rants.

Former Council President Nury Martinez resigned within the wake of the scandal, however councilmembers Kevin de Leon and Gil Cedillo have refused to step apart regardless of widespread protests.

“Now, greater than ever, at a time when our metropolis and our nation have suffered such ache from the actions of some to divide us, Los Angeles is proud to make sure that civil rights for all are protected,” stated Council President Paul Krekorian.

“Those that have suffered from discrimination in employment or in housing, in enterprise or in commerce, ought to know that the Metropolis of Los Angeles stands with you, and is able to see that justice is finished.”

The brand new discrimination enforcement unit might be empowered to research complaints involving discrimination within the non-public sector and has the authority to concern subpoenas and impose monetary penalties as much as $250,000, in response to L.A. Civil Rights Government Director Capri Maddox.

“Combating hate and discrimination is in our DNA at L.A. Civil Rights, and we’re proud to take this combat to a complete new stage,” stated Maddox. “Our Discrimination Enforcement division can implement civil rights legislation in Los Angeles and supply much-needed justice to those that have confronted discrimination.”

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