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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.

Foes of Unions Try Their Luck in County Laws

By | December 19th, 2014|Employment & Housing|

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Conservative groups are opening a new front in their effort to reshape American law, arguing that local governments have the power to write their own rules on a key labor issue that has, up to now, been the prerogative of states.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/19/us/politics/foes-of-unions-try-their-luck-in-county-laws.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

The New York Times

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Wealth gap in America widens to record level, report says

By | December 17th, 2014|Employment & Housing, Intergroup Relations|

The wealth gap between middle- and upper-income households has widened to the highest level on record, says a new report.

Using the latest Federal Reserve data, the Pew Research Center said Wednesday that the median wealth for high-income families was $639,400 last year — up 7% from three years earlier on an inflation-adjusted basis.

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-pew-wealth-gap-20141217-story.html

Los Angeles

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Hidden homeless make do in the shadows of downtown L.A.’s luxury

By | December 15th, 2014|Employment & Housing, Intergroup Relations|

Ammo lives under a bridge with half a dozen men, within shouting distance of Walt Disney Concert Hall.

For the little band he calls his “children,” he “tweaks” sunshades, tarps and even a leather couch to make cozy leans-to, including one modeled on a “Star Wars” X-wing fighter.

 

http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-homeless-downtown-20141215-story.html

Los Angeles Times

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Number of homeless children increases in Southern California

By | November 18th, 2014|Employment & Housing|

The number of homeless children across the Golden State rose last year according to results of a national report released Monday, especially in hard-hit Southern California, home to the nation’s second-largest school district.

Researchers with the National Center on Family Homelessness found that nearly 2.5 million American children were homeless at some point in 2013.

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A California Dream: Not Having to Settle for Just One Bedroom

By | September 24th, 2014|Employment & Housing, Intergroup Relations|

IRVINE, Calif. — This was the state that embodied the middle-class American dream: Move west, acquire a small slice of property, perhaps with a palm tree or two.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/24/us/a-california-dream-not-having-to-settle-for-just-one-bedroom.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=HpSumSmallMediaHigh&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

The New York Times

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Evictions Soar in Hot Market; Renters Suffer

By | August 29th, 2014|Employment & Housing, Intergroup Relations|

MILWAUKEE — Just after 7 a.m., sheriff’s deputies knocked on the door of the duplex apartment, holding a fluorescent orange eviction notice. The process was quick and efficient. A moving crew began to carry out the family’s possessions and stack them neatly at the curb. Celeste Wilson, the tenant, appeared on the front step in

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‘Poor Door’ in a New York Tower Opens a Fight Over Affordable Housing

By | August 27th, 2014|Employment & Housing, Intergroup Relations|

A 33-story glassy tower rising on Manhattan’s waterfront will offer all the extras that a condo buyer paying up to $25 million would expect, like concierge service, entertainment rooms, and unobstructed views of the Hudson River and miles beyond.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/27/nyregion/separate-entryways-for-new-york-condo-buyers-and-renters-create-an-affordable-housing-dilemma.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=HpSumMediumMediaFloated&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

The New York Times

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San Diego City Council overrides mayor’s veto of minimum-wage hike

By | August 19th, 2014|Employment & Housing|

The San Diego City Council voted Monday to override the mayor’s veto of a minimum wage increase — setting the stage for another high-profile political fight between the Democrat-controlled council versus the Republican mayor and the business establishment.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-san-diego-council-minimum-wage-veto-override-20140819-story.html

Los Angeles Times

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Working Anything but 9 to 5: Scheduling Technology Leaves Low-Income Parents With Hours of Chaos

By | August 14th, 2014|Employment & Housing, Intergroup Relations|

In a typical last-minute scramble, Jannette Navarro, a 22-year-old Starbucks barista and single mother, scraped together a plan for surviving the month of July without setting off family or financial disaster.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/08/13/us/starbucks-workers-scheduling-hours.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=HpSumSmallMediaHigh&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

The New York Times

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Supreme Court Rejects Contraceptives Mandate for Some Corporations

By | June 30th, 2014|Employment & Housing, Intergroup Relations|

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that requiring family-owned corporations to pay for insurance coverage for contraception under the Affordable Care Act violated a federal law protecting religious freedom.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/01/us/hobby-lobby-case-supreme-court-contraception.html

The New York Times

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