The City of Carbondale declares that all people are born with inalienable freedoms. The City wishes to ensure those who live within Carbondale and those who visit the City from time to time understand that these freedoms exist and that these freedoms will be actively protected by the City.
(Ord. 2023-26)
It is the policy of the City of Carbondale to assure that all persons within its jurisdiction shall have equal access to public services and shall be protected in the enjoyment of civil rights, and to promote mutual understanding and respect among all who live and work within this city. The City Council of the City of Carbondale hereby declares and affirms:
   A.   That prejudice, intolerance, bigotry, and the discrimination occasioned thereby, and sexual harassment, threaten the rights and proper privileges of the city's inhabitants and menace the institutions and foundation of a free and democratic society; and
   B.   That behavior which denies equal treatment to any individual because of that individual's race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, age, religion, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, military status, source of income, credit history, or criminal record or criminal history undermines civil order and deprives persons of the benefits of a free and open society.
      1.   Use of credit history in determining the credit worthiness of an applicant seeking a loan in which the City is the originator or is acting as a fiduciary for another governmental agency, in which the City has a fiduciary duty to the tax payers of the City of Carbondale.
      2.   Use of criminal record or criminal history:
         a.   In determining the employment of a person in which there is a substantial relationship between one or more of the previous criminal offenses and the employment sought or held, or the granting or continuation of the employment would involve an unreasonable risk to property; or
         b.   The safety or welfare of specific individuals or the general public.
   C.   Nothing in this Title shall be construed as supporting or advocating any particular way of being. To the contrary, it is the intention of this chapter that all persons be treated fairly and equally and it is the express intent of this chapter to guarantee to all of our residents fair and equal treatment under law.
(Ord. 2023-26)