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It is the
purpose of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights
Commission to safeguard all individuals within Lexington-Fayette
County from discrimination because of race, color, religion,
national origin, sex, age, disability, familial status and sexual
orientation/gender identity in connection with employment, housing
and public accommodations.
Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission shall serve
as an investigative, consultative, educational, persuasive, and
enforcement agency in order to guarantee equal opportunity for all
people of the city of Lexington and Fayette County.
The Commission serves as a
supporter of affordable and fair housing for all in
Lexington-Fayette County. The Commission is involved in many collaborative
efforts with various organizations that support fair housing.
The Lexington-Fayette Urban
County Human Rights Commission was created by an inter-local
agreement by the City of Lexington and the Fiscal Court of Fayette
County in January of 1967. The predecessor of the joint Commission,
the Lexington Commission on Human Rights, was created in June of
1963. The Commission was reconstituted by the charter created by the
merger of the city of Lexington and Fayette County into a united
urban county government. The present Lexington-Fayette Urban County
Human Rights Commission was created in 1974.
The Commission is made up
of fourteen (14) members who, as nearly as possible, make up the
social, economic, cultural, ethnic, and racial groups which compose
the population of Fayette County. The Commissioners serve four (4)
year terms and serve without compensation. The Commission has
several committees to carry out its purposes. The current committees
are: Executive Committee, Budget Committee, Community Relations
Committee, Housing Committee and Personnel and Policy Committee.
The Commission has three
(3) statutory functions:
The Commission is most
noted for its investigative function. The Commission's staff
conducts about 300 individual investigations of complaints of
unlawful discrimination a year in the areas of employment, housing
and public accommodations. About 80% of our investigations are
employment related with race being the largest single basis of
allegations. The Commission has contracts to conduct Title VII, ADEA
and ADA investigations in Lexington-Fayette County with Equal
Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and to conduct Title VIII
housing investigations for U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
In addition to the above,
the Commission has an active community relations program. The
Commission's staff has a wide range of informational and educational
programs individually designed for an employer, housing provider or
the general public. These programs include topics such as sexual
harassment, how to answer a complaint, fair housing, real estate
sales, ADA, conflict resolution, prejudice reduction, and can also
be customized to fit individual needs.
The Commission meets the
third Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in different locations. Each
meeting is held in a different council district. Meetings are open
to the public. Date, time and location subject to change and can be
found in the events section of this website.