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The Schenectady County Human Rights Commission was established in 1965 to foster mutual respect and enhance understanding among all racial, religious and ethnic groups in Schenectady County, and to assist individuals in securing their legal rights. New York State Human Rights Law prohibits discrimination in: employment, housing, credit, places of public accommodation, volunteer firefighting, non-sectarian educational institutions based on age, creed, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, disability, military status, arrest record, conviction record, familial status and predisposing genetic characteristics. If you, or someone you know, experience discrimination in any of these areas, you can file a complaint through the Human Rights Commission. Who are we? The Commission, composed of 15 Commissioners appointed by the County Legislature, is the policy-making body of the Human Rights Department of the County Government. What do we do? The Commission staff assists with complaints of discrimination based on race, creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, military status, age, marital status, disability, prior arrest or conviction record and predisposing genetic characteristics.
Committees The important work of the Human Rights Commission is, in part, achieved through various committees:
ANNUAL AWARDS BREAKFAST COMMITTEE:
This Committee organizes the Annual Breakfast, held each May to recognize and honor individuals and groups for their outstanding service to further human rights in the county.
BOARD DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE:
The Committee is involved in recruitment of individuals to serve as Commissioners and is part of the review process of the County Legislature prior to appointment of Commissioners. The Committee organizes orientation and development for new Commissioners.
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. COALITION:
The Coalition organizes the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday celebration, the Charles Brown Art and Essay Competition and the Ralph F. Boyd, Sr. Awards to foster justice and nonviolence.
JAIL OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE:
The Committee works collaboratively with officials at the Schenectady County Correctional Facility to ensure respect, dignity and civil rights are provided to inmates and their families.
PUBLIC INFORMATION AND EDUCATION:
The Committee informs and educates County citizens of the work
LGBT COMMITTEE (Brochure)
The Committee representing the LGBT community in Schenectady County