Biographical / Historical
The Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission was established in 1962 by the City of Louisville to protect its citizens from unlawful discrimination. The following year, the City first adopted an Ordinance prohibiting places of public accommodations from refusing service based on race. In 1966, Jefferson County Fiscal Court adopted Anti-Discrimination laws in the areas of public accommodations, employment, and housing. The City of Louisville and Jefferson County Fiscal Court entered into an agreement establishing the Human Relations Commission as a joint City/County Compact signed the Mayor and County Judge.
The Compact Agreement mandates that the Commission "shall endeavor to promote and secure mutual understanding and respect among all economic, religious, ethnic, and social groups in the metropolitan area of Louisville and Jefferson County, and shall act as conciliator in controversies involving inter-group and inter-racial relations. The Commission shall cooperate with Federal, State and other City and County agencies in efforts to develop harmonious inter-group and inter-racial relations, and shall endeavor to enlist the support of civic, religious, labor, and industrial and commercial groups dedicated to the improvement of human relations and the elimination of discriminatory practices."
In 1998, Jefferson County Commissioners passed an ordinance banning employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The Louisville Board of Alderman passed an ordinance not only banning employment discrimination, but also public accommodation and housing based on sexual orientation and gender identity. A Police Ombudsman position was added to the Commission in 2000, providing an advocate for those in the community filing complaints against LMPD. By 2003, the City of Louisville and Jefferson County merged and adopted the ordinance pertaining to sexual orientation and gender identity as Ordinance 193, Series 2004. [description from LMHRC website]