By David M. Schwartz — September 10, 2014
Transgender people, pregnant women, nursing mothers, domestic violence victims and military members will receive added protection from discrimination by the Suffolk Human Rights Commission under a bill passed unanimously by county lawmakers Tuesday night.
The bill also will bar landlords from discriminating against people who receive public rental assistance and will prohibit employers from discriminating based solely on past criminal convictions.
A coalition of progressive groups, including civil rights and immigration advocates, supported the bill, sponsored by Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.
“The passage of this bill will send out a clear message to all those who live in Suffolk County that harbor prejudice, bigotry or racism,” Rabbi Steven Moss, chairman of Suffolk’s Human Rights Commission, said last week.