Kentucky Commission on Human Rights

Local News
6:51 am
Mon October 28, 2013

In Kentucky, Number of People Claiming Discrimination Increases 30 Percent

Credit www.shutterstock.com

In the 2012-13 fiscal year, the number of people who contacted the Kentucky Human Rights Commission with possible discrimination incidents increased 30 percent compared to the same period a year before, according to an annual report.

The spike—3,020 to 2,231 in 2011-12—is attributed to the persistence of discrimination in Kentucky and also a marketing campaign that increased awareness of the commission's process, said Victoria Stephens, a spokeswoman for the state agency.

Read more
Politics
7:43 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

State Rep. John Arnold's Accusers File Complaint Against Employer Alleging Race Discrimination

Credit File photo

Two women who filed formal ethics complaints against Kentucky state Rep. John A. Arnold Jr. have also filed complaints with the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights. The complaints allege both Arnold and the women’s employer, the Legislative Research Commission, discriminated against them on the basis of race and gender.

Read more
Politics
2:19 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Will Kentucky 'Religious Freedom' Bill Gut Protections for Women, Minorities and Gay Residents?

Kentucky Commission on Human Rights Executive Director John J. Johnson
Credit Kentucky Commission on Human Rights

Joining other civil rights group, the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights is urging Governor Steve Beshear to block a bill that would allow people to ignore laws and regulations violating their religious beliefs.

Last week, the Democratic-controlled House overwhelmingly approved HB 279 by an 82-7 vote. It has now moved on the state Senate, where observers predict it is likely to pass in the GOP-controlled chamber.

Supporters say the bill strengthens the rights for people of faith and clarifies religious freedom in state law. But civil rights groups such as the ACLU of Kentucky and Louisville Fairness Campaign argue it will gut protections for women, racial minorities and gay residents.

John Johnson, executive director of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, tells WFPL the commission agrees "wholeheartedly" with civil rights proponents, adding there is a potential risk for people to use their faith to discriminate.

"If this bill is adopted people can hide behind religious freedoms and discriminate in anyway they feel. They could say based on my religion I don’t think I should serve people based on interracial marriage. I don’t believe I should serve people because they are of a different religion," he says. "People can hide behind it in anyway, and it just makes it more difficult for the human rights agencies to pursue equality in our state."

Read more
Local News
4:45 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Nominations Sought For Civil Rights Hall Of Fame

The deadline to nominate someone to be considered for the 2012 Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame is next Monday, July 16.

Cynthia Fox with the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights says anyone 18 and other can nominate a person for the honor.

Nominees can be living or deceased and does not have to be currently active in civil rights.