In April, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved the civil and human rights ordinance. This means that discrimination and other forms of bigotry will be prohibited. The vote for the ordinance was 12-0.
There will also be a commission to investigate violations of residents’ civil rights.
What does this mean? If a person violates any resident’s civil rights, that person can be fined up to $125,000 for a standard violation. Cumulative penalties can lead to fines up to $250,000.
Civil rights attorney Peter Schey said that this ordinance could become a model for human and civil rights that other cities could adopt.
The civil rights ordinance will officially become effective Jan. 1, 2020.
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