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City launches Gender Justice Initiative
Julie Nelson and Patrica Hayden will co-chair Task Force on Gender Equity in Pay
A recent report from the National Partnership for Women and Families (NWPF) ranked Seattle as having the widest gender wage gap among the nation's 50 largest metropolitan areas. In response to the NWPF report, the Mayor directed the City Personnel Department to conduct a review of the City's salary structure to determine if these disparities were present among City of Seattle workers as well. "Not surprisingly, our review found that the City of Seattle does indeed have gender disparities in pay," said the Mayor. "Men employed by the City of Seattle make approximate 9.5% more than women on average, and today we are announcing a Gender Justice Initiative designed to change that." Read more..
Changes to Enforcement and Appeal Rules finalized by Seattle Office for Civil Rights
The Seattle Office for Civil Rights has finalized SHRR Chapter 40 and Chapter 46, Administrative Rules for all enforcement and appeals conducted by the Seattle Office for Civil Rights and the Seattle Human Rights Commission.
Administrative Rules for Paid Sick/Safe Time Ordinance: FINAL VERSION
Local protection of the rights to breastfeed children in public places
The City of Seattle has passed a law to protect women who breastfeed their children in public places. If you feel your rights have been violated, contact us at the Seattle Office for Civil Rights. This local ordinance adds to the rights that Seattle residents already enjoy – Washington State has provided this protection statewide since 2009.
Testing confirms African Americans and people with disabilities face frequent rental housing discrimination in Seattle
Housing discrimination occurs frequently in Seattle, according to test results just released by the City of Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR). SOCR has filed director's charges of illegal discrimination against six property owners based on practices revealed by the testing. More than half of all properties tested showed evidence of illegal housing discrimination.
Possible protections to end discrimination in housing and employment based on arrest / conviction record.The Seattle Human Rights Commission and the community groups who have been in support of this proposal will continue to work with elected officials to move this issue forward. Visit the Seattle Human Rights Commission's web site for more information.
At the Seattle Office for Civil Rights, we envision a city where all people enjoy equal rights, equal opportunity and freedom from illegal discrimination. SOCR promotes racial and social justice for everyone in Seattle through education, policy work, and enforcement of civil rights laws.
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