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Generally, human relations commissions are represented on affirmative action committees or have their own committee to address county employment issues. Commissions frequently will monitor county employment policies, procedures and practices to ensure that they are not discriminatory.

As in employment legislation may preempt local governmental agencies from enforcing laws barring discrimination in housing. However, fair housing groups investigate and discover discrimination in housing by sending out “testers” to determine whether people representing those protected by law are treated differently than other applicants for housing. When discrimination is found the group may charge the offending party with discrimination.

Human relations commission often develop working relationships with local fair housing groups.

Commissions may take the lead to ensure that people who move into areas where they are not the dominant racial or ethnic group are welcomed. Programs to accomplish this vary according to the situation. The type of activity appropriate when a relatively large number of people representing an ethnic or racial group move into an area populated with people from a different ethnic or racial group may be inappropriate when a few families of one ethnic or racial group move into a relatively homogeneous community of people from another ethnic or racial group. Programs may involve the residents in isolation from the institutions of the county, or they may involve the schools, law enforcement and other public agencies.

Visits by federal immigration authorities are spooking California businesses and workers

By | February 26th, 2018|Employment & Housing, Immigration|

When federal immigration agents visited Los Angeles 7-Eleven stores and trucking companies near the ports in recent weeks to conduct audits of employee records, it sent a chill through those businesses and others in the region.

Immigrant advocates said some employees at the

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Women in Cryptocurrencies Push Back Against ‘Blockchain Bros’

By | February 26th, 2018|Employment & Housing, Intergroup Relations|

PALO ALTO, Calif. — When a cryptocurrency start-up that promised to revolutionize the fruit and vegetable industry shut down last month, it left behind one word on its website: penis.

When a virtual currency company called DateCoin recently tried to entice investors for its initial coin offering, it

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Civil Rights Act Protects Gay Workers, Appeals Court Rules

By | February 26th, 2018|Employment & Housing, LGBT|

A federal appeals court in Manhattan ruled on Monday that federal civil rights law bars employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation.

The case, which stemmed from the 2010 dismissal of a Long Island sky-diving instructor, was a setback for the Trump Justice Department, whose lawyers found themselves

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Lowest Ever Black Jobless Rate Is Still Twice That of Whites

By | February 23rd, 2018|Employment & Housing|

President Trump celebrated the milestone on Twitter and in his State of the Union address. The unemployment rate for black Americans had hit its lowest point on record, a sign that the recovery was at last reaching groups that had been left behind.

But the achievement was bittersweet:

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L.A. considers cutting through red tape to get homeless people housed faster

By | February 12th, 2018|Employment & Housing|

As Los Angeles politicians face mounting pressure to combat the homelessness crisis, the City Council is weighing two measures aimed at clearing obstacles to getting more people into housing.

But the proposed laws have stirred up concerns among critics who fear they will

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A DYING TOWN:  Here in a corner of Missouri and across America, the lack of a college education has become a public-health crisis.

By | January 16th, 2018|Education, Employment & Housing, Intergroup Relations|

Drive 90 miles north on Interstate 55 from Memphis, then 20 miles west on Route 412, cutting through seemingly endless fields of cotton, rice, and soybeans. You’ll know you’ve arrived when you see the sign: Welcome to Kennett. Hometown of Sheryl Crow.

This small town in southeastern Missouri used to greet visitors with a different motto:

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Prosecutors say this housing complex is a hotbed for gang crime, and they think its owner should live there

By | November 28th, 2017|Employment & Housing, Police & Community|

In recent months, a police informant made a dozen drug buys at a sprawling apartment complex that sits on the northern edge of Baldwin Village. In the last few years, authorities seized half a dozen firearms there and investigated multiple shootings and robberies.

Los Angeles prosecutors say the Chesapeake Apartments, a 425-unit complex spread over more

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10% of New York City Public School Students Were Homeless Last Year

By | October 12th, 2017|Education, Employment & Housing|

The number of homeless students in the New York City public school system rose again last year, according to state data released on Tuesday. The increase pushed the city over a sober milestone: One in every 10 public school students was homeless at some point during the 2016-17 school year.

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Courts Sidestep the Law, and South Carolina’s Poor Go to Jail

By | October 12th, 2017|Employment & Housing, Police & Community|

SUMTER, S.C. — Larry Marsh has a history of mental illness and drug addiction. Homeless, he has no place to go. The police in this city have arrested or cited him more than 270 times for trespassing. In December, they got him four times in one day.

For

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Trump expected to halt Obama’s program but allow some Dreamers to stay temporarily

By | August 31st, 2017|Education, Employment & Housing, Immigration, Intergroup Relations|

President Donald Trump is expected to end an Obama-era program that shielded young people from deportation, but he will likely let the immigrants known as Dreamers stay in the United States until their work permits run out, according to multiple people familiar with the policy negotiation.

That plan would allow Trump to fulfill a campaign promise

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