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For nearly 30 years the City of Columbus has been a leader in Ohio when it comes to civil rights and providing protections from discrimination for all residents. As a part of Mayor Ginther’s Equity Agenda, the Department of Neighborhoods, in partnership with City Council and the City Attorney’s Office, completed an extensive review and update of Columbus’ Civil Rights Code.

In order to continue to provide Columbus residents with the most up to date and expansive protections possible, ordinance 1212-2021 to City Council was passed by Columbus City Council in May of 2021. This was the largest and most comprehensive update to the City’s civil rights code since its inception in 1991. The updates to the code include: 

  • Adding the ability for the Community Relations Commission to issue a civil fine when discrimination has occurred.
  • Providing protections for those who choose to wear natural hair styles.
  • Ensuring protection for LGBTQIA+ youth.
  • Protecting those who receive gender affirming care.
  • Protecting individuals who exercise their reproductive rights. 

    The updated code can be viewed here.