Religious discrimination in local business? Utica presentation works to educate against it

The Division of Human Rights is working to educate local business owners on the tools it offers.

Posted: Mar 22, 2019 12:57 PM

UTICA, N.Y. -- The state Division of Human Rights was in town to give a presentation on religious discrimination in local business.

The meeting was held at the Utica Chamber of Commerce inside the Landmarc building.

The Division of Human Rights is working to educate local business owners on the tools it offers.

Representatives also worked to pinpoint any members locally who have been discriminated against based on religion.

"Discrimination is kind of one of those things that exists in the dark and we want to bring it more out into the light so that people are aware. And what they should do if they feel like they've been treated differently based on their creed or any other of their protected basis,” said Vic Deamelia, the regional director.

Organizers say religious discrimination can be a problem in the area if those who are discriminated against can't identify when it's happening to them.

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