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To directly support Angelenos who face discrimination, the city of Los Angeles’ Civil + Human Rights and Equity Department has launched a unit to investigate complaints about discrimination by employers, landlords and businesses.
City residents whose civil rights are violated already had the ability to file complaints with state and federal civil rights authorities, such as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. But Capri Maddox, executive director of the new L.A. Civil Rights division, said her group will help Angelenos avoid the significant backlogs they might encounter at higher levels of government.
In particular, Maddox said, the division is a response to “our community-based organizations like the Black Worker Center, the UCLA [Labor] Center and others that stepped up to say that they wanted to see local enforcement in areas of commerce, education, employment and housing in the private sector,” Maddox said.
“We seem to miss some of the places and spaces where people are discriminated against,” she continued.
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