Discrimination rule could extend to mothers, pregnant women

2 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago Wednesday, November 01 2017 Nov 1, 2017 Wednesday, November 01, 2017 6:50:00 PM CDT November 01, 2017 in News
By: Daytona Everett and Jenna Puritz, KOMU 8 reporters
loading

COLUMBIA - Pregnant women and mothers could be included in Columbia’s discriminatory ordinance soon. The Commission of Human Rights is asking the city council to consider new language for an existing ordinance to provide additional protections against workplace, housing and public accommodation discrimination.

“Sex and gender discrimination is something that definitely occurs in the workplace,” discrimination attorney Chris Miller said.

The new protections would be based on pregnancy, childbirth, related medical condition, and/or familial status.

“This would put them [city council] in modern times in providing employment protections for women who are pregnant and/or recently had children,” Miller said.

As of right now, Chapter 12 of the city code reads “To prohibit discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, marital status, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.”

The chair elect of the Commission of Human Rights, Zach Rubin, said, “it’s creating a new protective category of people that could potentially face discrimination.”

He said the commission doesn’t want to see discrimination based on a woman’s decision to have a child or not, or for a woman to care for a child or not.

According to Rubin, expanding the ordinance would adopt protections that are encased in federal law. This would be make the proposed ordinance more relevant and comprehensive to a local context, he said.

Miller said a change in the ordinance would give an additional layer of protection to women in Columbia.

The city council is expected to look at the ordinance at its next meeting on Monday.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA – People with young children and a love for different languages can join MU Voz Latina at the Daniel... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, January 13 2018 Jan 13, 2018 Saturday, January 13, 2018 7:16:00 AM CST January 13, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS - Both the woman at the center of the scandal surrounding Gov. Eric Greitens and her ex-husband have... More >>
3 days ago Friday, January 12 2018 Jan 12, 2018 Friday, January 12, 2018 6:12:00 PM CST January 12, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - After an uphill battle in the courts, African-style hair braiders must be licensed like a cosmetologist and barber.... More >>
3 days ago Friday, January 12 2018 Jan 12, 2018 Friday, January 12, 2018 4:55:00 PM CST January 12, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Haitian Americans marked the anniversary of earthquake that devastated their homeland eight years ago, killing more than 200,000... More >>
3 days ago Friday, January 12 2018 Jan 12, 2018 Friday, January 12, 2018 3:55:00 PM CST January 12, 2018 in News
PERRYVILLE (AP) - An elderly woman in southeast Missouri has died in a mobile home fire. The Southeast Missourian... More >>
3 days ago Friday, January 12 2018 Jan 12, 2018 Friday, January 12, 2018 2:05:00 PM CST January 12, 2018 in Continuous News
INDEPENDENCE (AP) - A Missouri man has been convicted in the shooting death of a 16-year-old near his high... More >>
3 days ago Friday, January 12 2018 Jan 12, 2018 Friday, January 12, 2018 1:32:00 PM CST January 12, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) - A woman has been sentenced to four years and nine months in prison for stealing a... More >>
3 days ago Friday, January 12 2018 Jan 12, 2018 Friday, January 12, 2018 1:16:00 PM CST January 12, 2018 in Continuous News
KANSAS CITY - A committee that reviews deadly police shootings in the Kansas City area cleared officers in five such... More >>
3 days ago Friday, January 12 2018 Jan 12, 2018 Friday, January 12, 2018 12:40:00 PM CST January 12, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A lawsuit alleging that a Republican Missouri senator was violating the state's open records law has been... More >>
3 days ago Friday, January 12 2018 Jan 12, 2018 Friday, January 12, 2018 12:03:00 PM CST January 12, 2018 in News
HOLTS SUMMIT - Callaway Electric presented its plans during a Board of Alderman meeting Thursday to install a high speed... More >>
3 days ago Friday, January 12 2018 Jan 12, 2018 Friday, January 12, 2018 11:09:00 AM CST January 12, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - One man is under arrest for a shooting that left three people shot and hospitalized this past October.... More >>
3 days ago Friday, January 12 2018 Jan 12, 2018 Friday, January 12, 2018 9:49:00 AM CST January 12, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens appears to be bracing for a fight to preserve his political life... More >>
3 days ago Friday, January 12 2018 Jan 12, 2018 Friday, January 12, 2018 9:29:30 AM CST January 12, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Police arrested two people in connection with the shooting on Eastwood Drive that sent a woman to the... More >>
3 days ago Friday, January 12 2018 Jan 12, 2018 Friday, January 12, 2018 9:16:26 AM CST January 12, 2018 in News
ST. JOSEPH (AP) — A 63-year-old man has been ordered to serve 120 days of shock incarceration and five years... More >>
3 days ago Friday, January 12 2018 Jan 12, 2018 Friday, January 12, 2018 8:33:12 AM CST January 12, 2018 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A former middle-school football coach convicted of abducting and killing a 10-year-old Missouri girl was sentenced to... More >>
3 days ago Friday, January 12 2018 Jan 12, 2018 Friday, January 12, 2018 8:23:40 AM CST January 12, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – The man who ran against Michael Trapp for the City Council’s second ward seat is back again for... More >>
3 days ago Friday, January 12 2018 Jan 12, 2018 Friday, January 12, 2018 6:19:00 AM CST January 12, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A Winter Weather Advisory was in effect Thursday across parts of mid-Missouri, causing slippery conditions on roadways. ... More >>
4 days ago Thursday, January 11 2018 Jan 11, 2018 Thursday, January 11, 2018 11:36:00 PM CST January 11, 2018 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The man convicted of abducting and killing a 10-year-old Springfield girl has been sentenced to death. ... More >>
4 days ago Thursday, January 11 2018 Jan 11, 2018 Thursday, January 11, 2018 9:40:40 PM CST January 11, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds
2am
3am
4am
5am

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

1:37a
Paid Program
2:07a
Today with Kathie Lee & Hoda
3:00a
Early Today
1:30a
Page Six TV
2:00a
Paid Program
2:30a
Paid Program

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Ellen's Game of Games
8:00p
This Is Us
9:01p
Chicago Med
7:00p
The Flash
8:00p
Black Lightning
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld