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Records of the Kansas Human Rights Commission

Creator: Kansas Human Rights Commission

Date: 1990 - 1997

Level of Description: Coll./Record Group

Material Type: Government record

Call Number: Unavailable

Unit ID: 214546

Abstract: The State Archives holds few records from the Kansas Human Rights Commission, including public hearing files and meeting minutes.

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Title (Main title): Records of the Kansas Human Rights Commission

Administrative History

Administrative History: In 1953, the State of Kansas passed the Kansas Act Against Discrimination, the twelfth state to pass such an act. This act created the Anti-Discrimination Commission which focused solely on employment practices and had no enforcement capabilities.

In 1961 when the act was amended in order to become an enforceable law prohibiting discriminatory employment practices because of race, religion, color, national origin, or ancestry, the name changed to the Kansas Commission on Civil Rights.

After further amendments over the next thirty years, the commission again changed name in 1991 to the Kansas Human Rights Commission. Since then, the Kansas legislature has prohibited genetic testing or genetic information to be used in employment decisions, and it created an act prohibiting the use of racial profiling by law enforcement.

The KHRC opened two new offices in 1997 besides the main Topeka and the Wichita offices, in Dodge City and in Independence. The KHRC continues to operate with a mandate to prevent and eliminate unlawful discrimination in employment situations, to eliminate profiling in conjunction with traffic stops, to eliminate and prevent discrimination, segregation or separation, and assure equal opportunities in all places of public accommodation and in housing.

[Kansas Human Rights Commission. "Annual Report Fiscal Year 2007," http://www.khrc.net/pdf/AR2007.pdf (accessed 27 October 2008).]


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Related Records or Collections

Related materials: Records of the Kansas Commission on Civil Rights; Records of the Kansas Equal Employment Opportunity Office.

Index Terms


    Kansas. Commission on Civil Rights -- History
    Kansas Human Rights Commission -- History
    Kansas Human Rights Commission -- Records and correspondence
    Housing discrimination
    Civil rights -- Kansas
    Discrimination -- Kansas
    Discrimination in employment -- Kansas
    Discrimination in housing -- Kansas
    Discrimination in public accommodations -- Kansas

Creators and Contributors

Agency Classification:

    Kansas State Agencies. Kansas Commission on Human Rights.
    Kansas State Agencies. Kansas Commission on Human Rights. Multiple subunits/Subunit Not Defined.