Westlake Moves Forward on Human Rights Ordinance

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The Westlake City Council unanimously voted to move forward with the Westlake Civil Rights Ordinance on Monday.

"The enactment of the Westlake Civil Rights Ordinance will help attract more homeowners to our city," Vice Mayor Katrina Long-Robinson said in a press release. "In addition, the ordinance will help bring jobs, revenue and resources to Westlake.

Long-Robinson introduced the ordinance at Mondays meeting.

When the law takes effect, discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, as well as race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, familial status, pregnancy, marital status, or genetic information, will be prohibited in Westlake. 

The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council proposed the ordinance to the city as a part of its "Palm Beach County: You're Welcome!" campaign.  

"The U.S. Congress and the Florida Legislature have failed to enact any civil rights laws protecting gay, lesbian and gender-nonconforming individuals," said PBCHRC President Rand Hoch in a press release. "Therefore, the responsibility to prohibit discrimination rests on the elected officials in Florida's counties and municipalities."

Westlake is Palm Beach Countys newest municipality, only being voted into existence in 2016. Its located west of Royal Palm Beach and now has 400 homes with another 4,500 planned. 

According to PBCHRC similar ordinances are under consideration by the Haverhill Town Council and the North Palm Beach Village Council.