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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.

A Santa Barbara ‘safe parking’ program for homeless people may be coming to L.A.

By | May 4th, 2016|Employment & Housing|

Office workers were still at their desks when Thomas Goodwin’s 1974 motor home clanked out of a downtown parking lot one recent evening, power steering groaning as Lego blocks flew around the plaid interior.

 

Read more in the Los Angeles Times.

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Lawsuit says L.A. endangered homeless people by seizing their tents and shopping carts

By | March 15th, 2016|Employment & Housing, Police & Community|

A federal civil rights lawsuit filed Monday accused the city of Los Angeles of endangering homeless people by seizing and destroying their tents and bedding and then releasing them from jail into the cold without protection.

 

Read more in the Los Angeles Times.

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With El Niño looming, L.A. has little to show in city’s ‘war on homelessness’

By | December 1st, 2015|Employment & Housing|

No problem has prompted more urgent rhetoric at Los Angeles City Hall this fall than the plight of those who live and sleep unsheltered on L.A.’s streets.

In July, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced during a speech on downtown’s skid row that his staff was a month away from completing a “battle plan” for the “war

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Fake Cover Letters Expose Discrimination Against Disabled

By | November 2nd, 2015|Disability, Employment & Housing|

Employers appear to discriminate against well-qualified job candidates who have a disability, researchers at Rutgers and Syracuse universities have concluded.

The researchers, who sent résumés and cover letters on behalf of fictitious candidates for thousands of accounting jobs, found

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L.A. to declare ‘state of emergency’ on homelessness, commit $100 million

By | September 23rd, 2015|Employment & Housing|

Acknowledging their failure to stem a surge in homelessness, Los Angeles’ elected leaders on Tuesday said they would declare a “state of emergency” and devote up to $100 million to the problem. But they offered few details about where the money would come from or how it would be spent, leaving some to question the

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California equal pay bill may be toughest in nation

By | September 2nd, 2015|Employment & Housing, Intergroup Relations|

California’s new Fair Pay Act, which awaits Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature, may be the nation’s most aggressive attempt yet to close the salary gap between men and women.

Supporters said the legislation, passed unanimously by the California Senate on Monday, closes loopholes that prevented enforcement of existing anti-discrimination law.

The bill ensures that male and female employees

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Nearly 1 in 5 adults over 65 are ‘hidden poor,’ study finds

By | September 1st, 2015|Employment & Housing, Health|

More than 772,000 senior adults, or more than 1 in 5, live in hidden poverty in the Golden State, many of them unable to afford basic needs but are ineligible for government help, according to a new UCLA study.

The authors of the study found the population of 65 and older are quickly becoming part of

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As His Term Wanes, Obama Champions Workers’ Rights

By | September 1st, 2015|Employment & Housing, Intergroup Relations|

WASHINGTON — With little fanfare, the Obama administration has been pursuing an aggressive campaign to restore protections for workers that have been eroded by business activism, conservative governance and the evolution of the economy in recent decades.

In the last two months alone, the administration has introduced

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