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October 24, 2013

Rapid City Ready to Beef Up Human Relations Commission

Rapid City's Human Rights Commission would have subpoena power in discrimination complaints.

The Rapid City Council gave an initial OK to a plan to give the Human Rights Commission more power.
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The Rapid City Council on Oct. 21 approved the first reading of an ordinance to give the city's Human Relations Commission more powers in discrimination investigations, including subpoena power, the Rapid City Journal reported.

The commission would be able to order mediation and require a business to hire an employee, rehire or promote an employee with back pay. Their decisions then could be enforced in the courts.

Find more information about the Rapid City Human Relations Commission on the city's website. See the city council's Oct. 21 agenda here and detailed information about the Human Relations Commission agenda item here.


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