Human Rights and Equity Programs

Fairfax County, Virginia

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12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 318
Fairfax, VA 22035

Kenneth Saunders,
Director

August 19, 2020 Commission Meeting (Recording)

Commission Meeting
8/19/2020 7:30 pm


No.

Commission Meeting
6/17/2020 7:30 pm

 


Recording of Meeting:  https://soundcloud.com/fairfaxcounty/fairfax-county-human-rights-commission-2020-08-19

 

Present:

Commissioner Crawford (Home, Fairfax, VA)

Commissioner Alber (Home, Centreville, VA)

Commissioner Bhinge (Home, Fairfax, VA)

Commissioner Salinas (Home, Fairfax, VA)

Commissioner Bell-Krasner (Home, Fairfax, VA)

Commissioner Hudson (Home, Fairfax, VA)

Commissioner Malik (Home, Fairfax, VA)

Commissioner Shipman (Home. Fairfax, VA)

Commissioner Solon (Home, Fairfax, VA)

Director Saunders (Home, Washington, D.C.)

 

Absent:

Commissioner Conde

 

CALL TO ORDER

Commission Chair Gloria Crawford called the Wednesday, August 19, 2020 Commission meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  The Commissioners then went into Closed Session.  Prior to returning to the Regular Agenda, the Commissioners came out of Closed Session.

 

Approval of AgendaIt was moved by Commissioner Salinas and seconded by Commissioner Malik that the August 19, 2020 Agenda be approved as amended.  The motion passed by unanimous vote.

 

Approval of Minutes:  It was moved by Commissioner Salinas and seconded by Commissioner Solon that the July 22, 2020 Minutes be approved as amended.  The motion passed by unanimous vote.

 

STAFF ISSUES: There were no staff issues.

 

COMMISSION BUSINESS

 

FCHRC v. Ms. Binnie R. Brown, et al. - NEW COMPLAINT.  It was moved by Commissioner Solon and seconded by Commissioner Hudson that this complaint will be filed with the Office of Human Rights and Equity Programs.  The motion passed by unanimous vote.

 

HRC# 2020036H - FIR.  It was moved by Commissioner Solon and seconded by Commissioner Salinas regarding the allegation that the Complainant was retaliated against when in May 2019 the Complainant’s name was removed from the property directories be dismissed due to insufficient evidence that a violation of Human Rights Ordinance has occurred consistent with the recommendation of the OHREP.  The motion passed by unanimous vote.

 

It was moved by Commissioner Solon and seconded by Commissioner Alber with respect to the allegation that in May/June 2019, the Complainant was retaliated against by the Respondents when a camera was placed near the Complainant’s parking space be dismissed due to insufficient evidence that a violation of Human Rights Ordinance has occurred consistent with the recommendation of the OHREP.  The motion passed by unanimous vote.

 

It was moved by Commissioner Bell-Krasner and seconded by Commissioner Shipman regarding the allegation that the Complainant was retaliated against when the Respondents issue the Complainant a Notice to Pay or Quit on July 11, 2019, and an Unlawful Detainer on July 24, 2019, in an effort to terminate her tenancy be dismissed due to insufficient evidence that a violation of Human Rights Ordinance has occurred consistent with the recommendation of the OHREP.  The motion passed by majority vote with Commissioner Solon opposing the motion.

 

It was moved by Commissioner Salinas and seconded by Commissioner Bhinge with respect to the allegation that that the Complainant was retaliated against when the Respondents issued the Complainant an Unlawful Detainer for rent, late fees, damages, costs and reasonable attorney fees on August 28, 2019, in an effort to evict her be dismissed due to insufficient evidence that a violation of Human Rights Ordinance has occurred consistent with the recommendation of the OHREP.  The motion passed by majority vote with Commissioners Bell-Krasner and Solon opposing the motion.

 

It was moved by Commissioner Salinas and seconded by Commissioner Malik regarding the allegation that the Complainant was retaliated against when the Respondents evicted the complainant effective September 27, 2019, be dismissed due to insufficient evidence that a violation of Human Rights Ordinance has occurred consistent with the recommendation of the OHREP.  The motion passed by majority vote with Commissioners Bell-Krasner and Solon opposing the motion.


It was moved by Commissioner Solon and seconded by Commissioner Salinas that there is evidence sufficient to establish that a violation of the Human Rights Ordinance has occurred consistent with the recommendation of OHREP that the Respondents retaliated against the Complainant on June 24, 2019, when the Respondents issued the Complainant an unlawful detainer for “failure to move” because she engaged in protected activity.  The motion passed by unanimous vote.

 

HRC# 2019132H - FIR.  It was moved by Commissioner Salinas and seconded by Commissioner Malik that this complaint be dismissed due to insufficient evidence that a violation of Human Rights Ordinance has occurred consistent with the recommendation of the OHREP.  The motion passed by unanimous vote.

 

HRC# 2020062H - FIR.  It was moved by Commissioner Solon and seconded by Commissioner Salinas that this complaint be dismissed due to insufficient evidence that a violation of Human Rights Ordinance has occurred consistent with the recommendation of the OHREP.  The motion passed by unanimous vote.

 

HRC# 2019044H - ISSUANCE OF CHARGE.  It was moved by Commissioner Salinas and seconded by Commissioner Solon that the Commission issue a Charge in this matter.  The motion passed by majority vote with Commissioners Bell-Krasner and Bhinge abstaining.

 

HRC#2019105H - CONCILIATION.  It was moved by Commissioner Salinas and seconded by Commissioner Alber that the Conciliation Agreement in this matter be accepted as presented.  The motion passed by unanimous vote.

 

HRC# 2020058H - CONCILIATION.  It was moved by Commissioner Solon and seconded by Commissioner Malik that the Conciliation Agreement in this matter be accepted as presented.  The motion passed by unanimous vote.

 

COMMUNITY CONCERNS.  There were no Community Concerns.

 

PENDING BUISNESS - Commissioner Salinas suggested that the Outreach programs be a regular item on the Agenda.  The office will make sure the list of Outreach events are provided in the Commissioner’s packets and the Commissioner’s notebooks.

 

NEW BUSINESS  There was no New Business.

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:41 p.m.

 

 

 

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