Orange County, NC Civil Rights
Status: Adopted on 6/6/94 and amended on 8/3/05
Source File: http://www.co.orange.nc.us/hrr/crord.pdf
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ARTICLE I TITLE
SECTION 1.1 This Ordinance shall be known and may be cited as the Orange County Civil Rights Ordinance.
ARTICLE II FINDINGS OF FACT, PURPOSE, CONSTRUCTION, AND SEVERABILITY
SECTION 2.1 FINDINGS OF FACT
(a) The Orange County Board of Commissioners created the Orange County Human Relations Commission to: (1) study and make recommendations concerning problems in the field of human relationships; (2) anticipate and discover practices and customs most likely to create animosity and unrest and to seek solutions to problems as they arise; (3) make recommendations designed to promote goodwill and harmony among groups in the County irrespective of their race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, affectional preference, disability, age, marital status or status with regard to public assistance; (4) monitor complaints involving discrimination; (5) address and attempt to remedy the violence, tensions, polarization, and other harm created through the practices of discrimination, bias, hatred, and civil inequality; and (6) promote harmonious relations within the county through hearings and due process of law; and
(b) The Orange County Human Relations Commission duly organized, advertised, and conducted public hearings on discrimination in the areas of, among others, employment, housing, and public accommodations; and
(c) The Orange County Human Relations Commission has determined that discrimination exists in Orange County in the areas of, among others, employment, housing, and public accommodations on the basis of, or because of, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, familial status, marital status, sexual orientation and veteran status.
(a) It is the purpose of this Ordinance and the policy of Orange County to promote the equal treatment of all individuals; to prohibit discrimination in Orange County based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, familial status, and veteran status; to protect residents’ lawful interests and their personal dignity so as to make available to the County their full productive and creative capacities, and to prevent public and domestic strife, crime, and unrest within Orange County.
(b) It is the further purpose of this Ordinance to carry out in Orange County the policies provided for in various federal rules, regulations, and laws prohibiting discrimination in, among other areas, housing, employment, and public accommodations. Orange County Civil Rights Ordinance.
SECTION 2.3 CONSTRUCTION
(a) This Ordinance shall be liberally construed according to the fair import of its terms, with full and careful consideration given to its humanitarian nature and remedial purpose.
(b) Words importing the masculine gender shall include the feminine and words importing the feminine gender shall include the masculine.