PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A nearly five-decade-old Philadelphia law that deals with discrimination got a major makeover today, adding some new groups to those it protects.
Mayor Michael Nutter (seated in photo) signed into law a sweeping revision of what’s called the “Fair Practices Law,” a series of measures in the Philadelphia city code that deal with a wide range of discriminatory practices.
“It just shows what Philadelphia is about — that we care about people, and a message to anyone who feels differently, that you’re going to pay the price,” said councilman-at-large Bill Greenlee (standing behind Nutter in photo), who had pushed for the changes.
Among other things, the changes streamline the complaint process, increase fines, and add protections to members of the LGBT community and to victims of domestic violence.
Reported by KYW City Hall Bureau chief Mike Dunn.