New policy in Kalamazoo Township would fight discrimination

Meeting Monday night on new ordinance

Published On: Jul 08 2013 08:56:55 AM EDT   Updated On: Jul 08 2013 09:48:08 AM EDT

A southwestern Michigan community is considering an ordinance that would ban discrimination in employment, public accommodation and housing practices.

The ordinance would cover Kalamazoo Township. Officials there planned a first reading for Monday night.

The draft ordinance bans discrimination based "in whole or part on the actual or perceived race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, height, weight, marital status, familial status, citizenship, physical or mental ability, gender identity, sexual orientation or genetic information of another person."

A draft of the ordinance was modeled after one created for the neighboring town of  Kalamazoo.

If adopted, anyone alleging discrimination under the ordinance would submit a written complaint. A violation of the ordinance could bring a fine, from $75 to $500.