We All Have Rights
The goal of Lincoln Commission on Human Rights (LCHR) is to prevent, respond to, and eliminate all forms of illegal discrimination, and to assure and foster equal opportunity for all City of Lincoln community members.
Face Mask Accomodations
Directed Health Measure 2020-07 went into effect on July 20, 2020, and will extend until August 31, 2020, that requires all individuals accessing premises open to the general public within Lincoln and Lancaster County, age 5 and older, to wear a face covering over their mouth and nose while indoors unless the individual maintains at least 6 feet of separation at all times from anyone who is not their household. Individuals with a disabilityty, physical or mental health conditions, and very young people (under 5 years old) are not required to wear face coverings, because doing so may cause harm to that person. Individuals are taken at their word and allowed to patronize a business without a face covering if they would be harmed by wearing a face covering.
Many communities across the Country, including Lincoln, have mask mandates to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Denying service to individuals who are not able to wear a mask due to disability may be a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act or other anti-discrimination laws. Most mask mandates, including Lincoln’s, include exceptions for people who cannot wear a mask due to disability.
It is encouraged that business owners and service providers presume that someone NOT wearing a face covering is doing so for a legitimate reason. A business owner/employee may conduct a limited inquiry by asking if someone is not wearing a face covering because of a medical condition, a mental health condition, or a disability that prevents the wearing of a face covering (it is important to note that any further questioning into the nature of the disability is not necessary and could be a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act or “ADA”or other antidiscrimination laws). If the response is yes, then business owners and employees should move on to discussions on alternative methods of accessing goods and services (which can include employees retrieving goods, home delivery, curbside pickup, etc.).
People wearing masks are doing so protect themselves and others from COVID-19 and to follow health directives. Assume someone is wearing a mask to protect themselves from COVID-19. Do not assume that they are wearing a mask to conceal their identity, commit crimes, or because they have COVID-19 and are contagious. Businesses should not require that customers remove masks upon entry.
City of Lincoln Diversity Statement
An exceptional level of service can only be achieved by an exceptional group of people. Therefore, the City of Lincoln places tremendous value in both hiring and maintaining a diverse group of employees to service our citizens.
Everyone is different, everyone is necessary and everyone has a valuable perspective to offer.
Each of us possesses a unique and valuable mix of personal characteristics and experiences that contribute to the fabric of who we are. These include, but are not limited to:
- Veteran Status
- Sexual Orientation
- National Origin
- Physical Characteristics
- Political Opinions or Affiliations
- Marital Status
- Gender Identity or Expression
The City of Lincoln recognizes and respects the intrinsic benefit provided by incorporating these differences into our workforce. We are committed to employing a diverse and talented team of individuals who reflect our community and whose differences enhance the services we provide to our citizens.
LCHR Monthly Show – We All Have Rights
- February LCHR Show
New Americans Task Force (NATF) CareerPathways – what they are and why they are important.
- January LCHR Show
What is the 2020 Census? Andrew Thierolf breaks it down.
- December LCHR Show
Get to know Lincoln Human Rights Commissioners!
- November LCHR Show
Did you know that LCHR has been around since 1963? Who are we and what exactly do we do? Watch to find out!
LCHR Public Service Announcements
- Discrimination due to National Origin or Religion
- Discrimination due to Familial Status
- Discrimination due to Sex or Domestic Violence
- Discrimination due to Race
The City of Lincoln is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As such, it is the policy of the City to assure that applicants are employed, and that employees are treated fairly and equitably during their employment, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or political opinions or affiliations, or gender identity or expression, or other legally prohibited bases with regard to actions such as employment, promotions, demotion or transfer, recruitment or recruitment advertising, layoff or termination, rates of pay or forms of compensation, and selection for training.