On October 4, 2021, Borough of Dormont Council and Dormont Mayor Walsh adopted Ordinance No. 1642, the Borough of Dormont Non-Discrimination Ordinance, becoming the 62nd municipality in Pennsylvania to do so. This ordinance establishes the Borough of Dormont Human Relations Commission. This ordinance establishes the Borough of Dormont’s intention that all persons be treated fairly and equally, thus prohibiting discrimination in housing, commercial property, employment, and public accommodations based upon actual or perceived race, color, national origin, immigration status, ancestry, religious creed, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, marital status, familial status, genetic information, handicap or disability, or use of an assistance animal. This ordinance further provides definitions and establishes the means to file a complaint alleging unlawful discrimination. The Commission also promotes understanding, respect and cooperation among all racial, cultural, religious, ethnic, nationality and other groups within the Borough. An important duty of the commission will be to conduct educational programs for furtherance of the improvement of human relations in the Borough as well as other civic acts. We thank all of the residents who helped bring this ordinance to fruition, and who expressed their desire to serve their community.
The Borough of Dormont’s Human Relations Commission (BDHRC) was founded to ensure all Dormont residents can fully enjoy the Borough without discrimination, in that they are provided with equal opportunity and access to employment, housing, commercial property, and public accommodation regardless of race, color, national origin, immigration status, ancestry, religious creed, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran’s status, marital status, familial status, genetic information, handicap or disability, or use of an assistance animal. The BDHRC collects and mediates submitted discrimination complaints; when applicable refers complaints to appropriate social, civic, or governmental agencies for further action; and provides education and outreach to the community on relevant issues. In doing so, the Commission is designed to create a more welcoming and equitable Borough for all residents, present and future.