On Tuesday, June 15th, 2021, Commissioner Robert Patrick introduced a resolution for DeKalb CEO’s executive administration to review a draft for a countywide non-discrimination ordinance (NDO).
If adopted, this amendment would make it a civil violation for anyone with a county business license and/or permit to discriminate against any protected class.
According to Georgia Equality:
Georgia has no state laws that prevent private employers from discriminating based on an employee’s race or religion. Georgia has no law preventing landowners from refusing rent or sale to our citizens based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Currently, the only path for someone to resolve an issue of discrimination is to file a costly and time-consuming nondiscrimination federal lawsuit.Source: Georgia in Need: Nondiscrimination Ordinances Explained – Georgia Equality:
In order to close this gap in DeKalb County’s ordinance and to offer a more effective remedy for those who believe they have been discriminated against, municipalities across Georgia have been introducing Non-Discrimination ordinances and policies.
To read about and track the progress of Commissioner Patrick’s Non-Discrimination proposal, click here.