Proposed Ordinance Feedback
EQUAL RIGHTS ORDINANCE
Mayor Annise Parker has forwarded to City Council a draft of her proposed Equal Rights Ordinance. Houston is currently the only major city in the country without civil rights protections for its residents. The draft ordinance will prohibit discrimination in city employment, city contracting, housing, public accommodations and private employment at businesses with at least 50 employees. To avoid First Amendment issues, religious organizations are exempt from the definition of an employer.
Complaints about violations of the ordinance and decisions regarding prosecution are to be handled by the City’s Office of Inspector General and the City Attorney. If the subject of a complaint refuses to cooperate with an investigation, the City Attorney may ask City Council to approve the issuance of a subpoena to compel cooperation.
The ordinance also gives the mayor discretion to create an advisory task force to study and report on matters related to the ordinance.
- Text of Draft Ordinance (.pdf, as amended 05.14.2014)
- Council Member Davis Substitution (.pdf, 05.14.2014)
- Text of Draft Ordinance - Redline Version, 05.27.2014
- Ordinance FAQs (.pdf)
- Presentation to City Council Quality of Life Committee (.pdf, 04.30.2014)