Human Rights Ordinances

Back in 2015 Houston, Texas attempted to and failed to pass an expanded human equal rights ordinance (“HERO”) which would have made it illegal to discriminate against someone based on 15 different “protected characteristics,” including sex, race, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Now, the State of Texas has thought it prudent to follow

After previous efforts that failed in 2012 and 2016, the City of Jacksonville, Florida has now passed an expanded human rights ordinance (“HRO”) that provides employment and housing protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

This time around the City Council addressed several issues that created hurdles during the prior efforts to expand

The County Commission of Osceola County, Florida voted recently to move forward with a public hearing on a new human rights ordinance.


Other Florida counties that have adopted human rights ordinances include:  Alachua, Broward, Leon, Hillsborough, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Orange, Palm Beach and Pinellas and Volusia.  Many cities and towns also have adopted human-rights ordinances.