July 7, 2020
As the commonwealth continues to reckon with racial injustice and economic inequality, Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico counties are committed to helping educate residents on legal protections against discrimination and harassment.
At the June 24 Board of Supervisors meeting, Chesterfield County unveiled the Know Your Rights and Resources webpage. The webpage is a regional effort designed to connect residents to national, state and local organizations fighting discrimination in the areas of credit, education, employment, healthcare, housing, public accommodation, voting and more.
Federal laws protect individuals from discrimination or harassment based on sex, race, age, disability, color, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion and genetic information. Numerous institutions, many of which operate in the Richmond region, work to educate people about the laws that protect them, advocate for their rights and legally challenge instances of discrimination.
Managed by Chesterfield’s Department of Citizen Information and Resources (CIR), the Know Your Rights and Resources webpage also provides links to federal human rights laws enacted to shield federally protected classes from discrimination, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Civil Rights Act, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, the Fair Housing Act and more.
The Know Your Rights and Resources webpage may be accessed at www.KnowYourRightsRVA.com or via links from the Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico county websites.