PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia City Council is putting a 21st Century sheen on a five-decade old city law that deals with discrimination.
Philadelphia’s Fair Practices law protects against discrimination in the workplace, housing and in public accommodations. But the code dates back nearly fifty years and Rue Landau, Executive Director of the city’s Human Relations Commission, says in some respects it is woefully out of date.READ MORE: Takeout Under The Tents Offering New Way For Customers To Experience King Of Prussia Restaurant Week
“It was enacted in 1963; it has had piecemeal revisions since then. There have been some inconsistencies. We are not in line with some newer portions of federal law, and it’s just more complicated for the residents of Philadelphia to read.”READ MORE: Dianna Brice Murder: Tylydiah Garnett Arrested In Connection To Murder Of 21-Year-Old Dianna Brice, Police Say
So City Council has given an initial okay to a sweeping overhaul of the Fair Practices law. 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.MORE NEWS: Didi Gregorius Powers Phillies To Narrow 7-6 Win Over Atlanta Braves
Reported By Mike Dunn, KYW Newsradio.