ODHR - Salt Lake City Human Rights Commission - Frequently Asked Questions
What is the fundamental purpose of the Human Rights Commission?
The Commission advises the City Council and Mayor on nondiscrimination policies and provides resources to the public on issues of nondiscrimination and equal treatment. The Commission provides advice and recommendations to address specific complaints of discrimination involving City department and services. § 10.02.010
What is the Commission’s authority?
The Commission has the authority to issue advisory recommendations to the City Council and Mayor. The City Council and/or Mayor shall consider the Commission’s recommendations and review, ratify, modify or disregard any of the Commission’s recommendations. The Commission may not implement any action until the City Council or Mayor notifies the Commission in writing that the recommendation is ratified or modified and adopted. § 10.02.090
What are the Commission’s powers and duties?
The Commission shall make recommendations to the City Council and Mayor regarding: 1) the Commission’s ongoing review of ordinances and policies; 2) the Commission’s use of educational resources on issues related to discrimination and equal treatment; 3) the Commission’s review of complaints of discrimination involving City department or City services for the purpose of identifying possible systemic or institutional sources of discrimination; 4) the Commission’s review of legislation, policies, or other City action designed to further the elimination of prejudice and discrimination; 5) the Commission’s review of legislation, policies, or other City action that may impact human rights and relations; 6) the Commission’s research on the status and treatment of diverse populations and the best ways to improve human relations, to eliminate discrimination and to secure full and equal participation; 7) the Commission’s efforts to collaborate with other groups to foster nondiscrimination education; 8) the Commission’s instituting and conducting educational programs; and 9) the Commission’s actions as a resource to the community councils. § 10.02.110
What are the types of discrimination the Commission advises the City Council and Mayor about?
The Commission provides advice and recommendations discrimination in: 1) employment; 2) immigration; 3) housing; 4) public safety; 5) public transportation; 6) discrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, color, disability, gender, national origin, marital status, medical condition, physical limitation; race, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity or any practice made unlawful under the United States Constitution, the Utah Constitution, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (as amended), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Utah Anti-Discrimination Act, or the Utah Fair Housing Act. § 10.02.020
Are Board members subject to the City’s conflict of interest ordinance?
Yes. Board members are subject to City Code Chapter 2.44 (Conflict of Interest). § 10.02.060
Who are the Commission’s members?
There are nine Commission members. The Mayor, with the advice and consent of the City Council, appoints seven representatives from each of the City Council districts and two representatives who represent the diversity of the City. § 10.02.030. Click here to read about the current members.
Are the Commission’s members compensated?
No. The Commission’s members are volunteers when performing their duties. However, a member may receive reasonable compensation for authorized administrative, professional, or other bona fide services to the Commission pursuant to a written contract if the member is serving in a capacity other than Commission member. § 10.02.030
How often does the Commission hold meetings?
The Commission meets on the third Thursday each month at 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Are Commission meetings subject to the open meeting law?
Yes. § 10.02.070
How can I learn more?
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