Dunwoody is the latest city in metro Atlanta to adopt an ordinance protecting against discrimination from businesses.
The measure, which passed unanimously at Monday’s City Council meeting, outlaws discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability and other traits. The ordinance spells out a process for people to file a complaint with the city if they feel they were discriminated against, and gives Dunwoody the ability to investigate those claims.
Dunwoody is the fifth city in the state, and the fourth in DeKalb County, to pass a non-discrimination ordinance. Atlanta passed its ordinance nearly 20 years ago. Last year, Doraville passed a similar measure; Clarkston and Chamblee followed suit this spring.
The Dunwoody ordinance also formalizes a process currently in place instructing the police department to receive training on identifying hate crimes and report those statistics to the FBI.
The council did not discuss the measure before passing it. During the public comment period, several residents spoke in support of the ordinance, including Allison Padilla-Goodman, the southeast regional director of the Anti-Defamation League.
In other news:
Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.
Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.
Download the new AJC app. More local news, more breaking news and in-depth journalism. AJC.com. Atlanta. News. Now.
Download the new AJC app. More local news, more breaking news and in-depth journalism.
With the largest team in the state, the AJC reports what’s really going on with your tax dollars and your elected officials. Subscribe today. Visit the AJC's Georgia Navigator for the latest in Georgia politics.
Your subscription to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism. Visit the AJC's Georgia Navigator for the latest in Georgia politics.