Yesterday, a former Audubon Park Police sergeant discussed a Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission finding that the suburban city department had improperly fired him because he'd complained about harassment stemming from the fact that he's gay.
The Human Relations Commission's ruling is based on the Louisville Metro Fairness Ordinance.
While we're on the topic, let's look at the Fairness Ordinance cases by the numbers:
Since February 1999, the city's Human Relations Commission has heard 185 fairness cases. Of those, no probable cause (that is, the commission ruled that the case shouldn't go forward) was found in 63 percent, according to current numbers provided by the Louisville Metro Human Rights Commission.
Three percent were found to have probable cause.
Here's a breakdown by percent:
The three percent that were found to have probable cause are counted in the above graphic as “open” or “conciliation or private settlement.” “Administrative closure” means “complaint closures other than on the merits, such as failure to locate, failure to cooperate and withdrawals.”
Here's a guidebook from Louisville Metro government that outlines what's discrimination in the city and what's the process for filing a complaint with the Human Relations Commission.
To date, five Kentucky cities have approved versions of fairness ordinances.