Register Staff Report
A Richmond woman was given the oath of office last week as she joined the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights.
Dr. Sandra D. Moore was appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear and represents the state at large.
The state’s human rights commission has 11 members, and it rules on discrimination complaints throughout the state. The commission’s rulings have the same authority as those issued from a court of law, according to a news release from the agency.
Moore is associate provost for diversity at Eastern Kentucky University. She has served as president and treasurer of the Kentucky Association of Blacks in Higher Education and is a member of its executive board, member of the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education National Advisory Council, and chair of the Chief Diversity Officers and Affiliates Committee.
Moore’s term on the commission runs through Sept.12, 2016. She replaces former Commissioner Sandra Añez-Powell, also of Richmond, whose term expired.
The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights is the state government authority that enforces the Kentucky Civil Rights Act and the U.S. Civil Rights Act, which both outlaw discrimination.
The Kentucky Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination in the areas of employment, public accommodations, housing and financial transactions. It is illegal to discriminate because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age (40 and over in the area of employment), disability, familial status (households with children under age 18 and pregnant women) in the area of housing, and tobacco-smoking status in the area of employment.
It also is illegal to retaliate against any person who has made a discrimination complaint to the commission.
For more details, contact the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights at 1-800-292-5566 or visit its website: www.kchr.ky.gov.