City of Woodbury, NJ
Gloucester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and City Council of the City of Woodbury as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 10-24-2017 by Ord. No. 2271-17]
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There is hereby organized in the City of Woodbury a Human Rights Commission to consist of seven members, being the Mayor and six members who shall receive their appointment from and be subject to removal by the Mayor with the advice and consent of City Council.
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At the next regular meeting of the City Council after this chapter shall take effect, there shall be appointed six persons, residents of the City, to be members of the Human Rights Commission. Up to three members of such commission may be either the Mayor or members of City Council, two of whom shall be appointed for one year, two for two years, and two for three years, annually and thereafter there shall be appointed two members for the term of three years, such term to commence on the date of the annual reorganization meeting of Council.
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In case of the death, resignation, disqualification or removal of, or the neglect or refusal to perform the duties incumbent upon them by, any or all of the members of the Human Rights Commission, the Mayor with the advice and consent of Council may remove such person and fill such place or places by new appointments for the unexpired term or terms.
The regular meetings of the Human Rights Commission shall be held on the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers in City Hall or at such place and times as determined by a vote of the majority of the Commission but in no event less than four times annually. Special meetings may be called at any time by the President or by any three members requesting the secretary, in writing, to schedule a meeting. A majority of the Commission shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
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Generally. The officers of the Human Rights Commission shall consist of a President and Secretary and such other officers at the discretion of the Commission, to be elected annually at the January meeting of the Commission and shall hold office for one year or until their successors are chosen. In the event the Commission is unable to elect a President and Secretary by a majority vote of the quorum in attendance, at such meeting, the Mayor shall designate a President and Secretary of the Commission.
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President. The President shall preside at the meetings of the Commission and appoint all committees.
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Secretary. The Secretary shall keep a record of all proceedings of the Board, preserve its books and papers, conduct its correspondence and perform all duties as directed by the Commission.
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All members of the Human Rights Commission shall serve without compensation.
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The Human Rights Commission may utilize the services of the City Solicitor with the consent of the City Administrator.
The purpose of the Commission is to further the goals of the elimination of discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity or expression, race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital or political status, affectional or sexual orientation, domestic partnership status, atypical heredity, cellular or blood trait, genetic information, disability (including AIDS or HIV infection), liability for service in the United States armed forces, and/or any other characteristic protected by law and further the education of the public on issues of diversity and inclusion.
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The Commission shall develop public education programs, provide training for Commission members and the public and/or City business who may request same, hold community discussions, present panels, take public comment, advise City leaders and develop policies and strategies, collect and analyze data and disseminate same to Mayor and Council and the public, create a website, and initiate public relation campaigns, review City ordinances, policies and procedures and make recommendations related thereto, act as an oversight entity for the interdepartmental collaboration on issues impacting diversity and nondiscrimination, in furtherance of the Commission's purpose as set forth in § 30-4.
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The Commission may with a consent of all parties shall have the authority to conciliate or mediate disputes between City employees, the City and employees, residents or businesses of the City of Woodbury and their employees of any alleged violations of nondiscrimination laws of the State of New Jersey or ordinances or policies of the City of Woodbury.
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The Commission may receive complaints alleging violations of the state's nondiscrimination laws and/or the City ordinances or policies against discrimination and in the event they are unable to conciliate or mediate successfully such complaints, may refer such complaints to the City Administrator, City Council, the New Jersey Division of Civil Rights and/or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for further action as the Commission deems appropriate.
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The Commission shall report annually on or before the final December Council meeting of each year to the Mayor and Council its activities of the preceding year.
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The Commission may expend such funds as may be appropriated by Mayor and Council or approved in advance by the City Administrator.
[Adopted 10-24-2017 by Ord. 2272-17]
It shall be unlawful for an employer, because of the race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, civil union status, domestic partnership status, affectional or sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, sex, gender identity or expression, disability or atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait of any individual, or because of the liability for service in the Armed Forces of the United States or the nationality of any individual, or because of the refusal to submit to a genetic test or make available the results of a genetic test to an employer, to refuse to hire or employ or to bar or to discharge or require to retire, unless justified by lawful considerations other than age, from employment such individual or to discriminate against such individual in compensation or in terms, conditions or privileges of employment.
It shall be unlawful for any owner, lessee, proprietor, manager, superintendent, agent, or employee of any place of public accommodation directly or indirectly to refuse, withhold from or deny to any person any of the accommodations, advantages, facilities or privileges thereof, or to discriminate against any person in the furnishing thereof, or directly or indirectly to publish, circulate, issue, display, post or mail any written or printed communication, notice, or advertisement to the effect that any of the accommodations, advantages, facilities, or privileges of any such place will be refused, withheld from, or denied to any person on account of the race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, civil union status, domestic partnership status, pregnancy, sex, gender identity or expression, affectional or sexual orientation, disability, liability for service in the Armed Forces of the United States or nationality of such person, or that the patronage or custom thereat of any person of any particular race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, civil union status, domestic partnership status, pregnancy status, sex, gender identity or expression, affectional or sexual orientation, disability, liability for service in the Armed Forces of the United States or nationality is unwelcome, objectionable or not acceptable, desired or solicited.
It shall be unlawful for any person, including, but not limited to, any owner, lessee, sublessee, assignee or managing agent of, or other person having the right of ownership or possession of or the right to sell, rent, lease, assign, or sublease any real property or part or portion thereof, or any agent or employee of any of these:
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To refuse to sell, rent, lease, assign, or sublease or otherwise to deny to or withhold from any person or group of persons any real property or part or portion thereof because of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, civil union status, domestic partnership status, pregnancy, sex, gender identity or expression, affectional or sexual orientation, familial status, disability, liability for service in the Armed Forces of the United States, nationality, or source of lawful income used for rental or mortgage payments;
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To discriminate against any person or group of persons because of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, civil union status, domestic partnership status, pregnancy, sex, gender identity or expression, affectional or sexual orientation, familial status, disability, liability for service in the Armed Forces of the United States, nationality or source of lawful income used for rental or mortgage payments in the terms, conditions or privileges of the sale, rental or lease of any real property or part or portion thereof or in the furnishing of facilities or services in connection therewith;
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To print, publish, circulate, issue, display, post or mail, or cause to be printed, published, circulated, issued, displayed, posted or mailed any statement, advertisement, publication or sign, or to use any form of application for the purchase, rental, lease, assignment or sublease of any real property or part or portion thereof, or to make any record or inquiry in connection with the prospective purchase, rental, lease, assignment, or sublease of any real property, or part or portion thereof which expresses, directly or indirectly, any limitation, specification or discrimination as to race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, civil union status, domestic partnership status, pregnancy, sex, gender identity, or expression, affectional or sexual orientation, familial status, disability, liability for service in the Armed Forces of the United States, nationality, or source of lawful income used for rental or mortgage payments, or any intent to make any such limitation, specification or discrimination.
Any complaint for a violation of the provisions of the within article shall be referred to the City Administrator who may refer the matter to the Human Rights Commission for conciliation and mediation with the consent of all parties and/or to the New Jersey Division of Civil Rights, and/or to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as the City Administrator deems appropriate.
The provisions of the within article shall be interpreted and enforced consistent with N.J.S.A. 10:5-1, et seq. and in the event of any inconsistency in N.J.S.A. 10:5-1, et seq. shall control.