Bill aims to extend anti-discrimination protections

By John McPhaul

Sen. William Villafañe Ramos introduced Senate Bill 1634 on Wednesday to extend certain protections against discrimination based on physical characteristics, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, or place of residence. The amendment to the Puerto Rico Civil Rights Act also seeks to expand protections against discrimination, segregation, and groundless accusation.

“The update that we have [filed] on this law takes into account considerations that can affect a person’s life but that can ordinarily go unnoticed: people with tattoos, obese people, the disease and disabilities such as dwarfism, albinism, deafness, blindness and vitiligo [a disease that causes the skin to lose color in patches],” the senator said. “... [W]e present this legislative amendment to strengthen the rights and protections of our citizens.

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