We All Have Rights
The goal of Lincoln Commission on Human Rights (LCHR) is to prevent, respond to, and eliminate all forms of illegal discrimination, and to assure and foster equal opportunity for all City of Lincoln community members.
Face Mask Accomodations
The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department has issued a local Directed Health Measure (DHM) that states any individual or entity which owns or operates any premises other than a residence, including but not limited to private and public educational institutions or school districts, shall require all individuals age five (5) and older to wear a face covering over their mouth and nose while indoors unless the individual is able to and maintains at least six (6) feet of separation at all times and is not in the same room or workspace from anyone else who is not their household member. The DHM also requires business owners to ensure their patrons age five and older wear face coverings any time they cannot maintain six feet of separation with non-household members.
The DHM, which includes the mask mandate, goes into effect Friday, April 23 and continues until May 21.
The DHM includes exceptions. Masks are not required for the following:
- If individuals are in an area that is not otherwise open to the general public, such as a private office or breakroom, and if every individual is fully vaccinated, they will no longer have to wear a face covering. This will allow fully vaccinated people to meet without face coverings even if 6 feet of separation cannot be maintained.
- Is engaged in federal, state, or county government services in the location those services are provided;
- Is engaged in exercise and six (6) feet of separation can be maintained at all times;
- Is engaged in an occupation preventing the wearing of a face covering;
- Is obtaining a service or purchasing goods or services that requires the temporary removal of the face covering during the service or the purchase;
- Is giving a speech, lecture, or broadcast to an audience so long as six (6) feet of distancing from other individuals is maintained and only while said speech, lecture, or broadcast is being delivered; or,
- Cannot otherwise wear a face covering because of a medical condition, a mental health condition, or a disability that prevents the wearing of a face covering.
The City will continue to focus on education rather than enforcement, but will prosecute repeated offenses or deliberate non-compliance. Those who observe suspected violations should not call the Police or Sheriff's 911 or non-emergency numbers. Those lines of communication must remain open for emergencies. Those situations should be reported to UPLNK either through the phone app or online at UPLNK.lincoln.ne.gov. Businesses with questions on the DHM may call 402-441-6280.
Visit Business Resources for business reopening guidance and recommendations.
Individuals with a disability, physical or mental health conditions, and very young people (under 5 years old) are not required to wear face coverings, because doing so may cause harm to that person. Individuals are taken at their word and allowed to patronize a business without a face covering if they would be harmed by wearing a face covering.
Many communities across the Country, including Lincoln, have mask mandates to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Denying service to individuals who are not able to wear a mask due to disability may be a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act or other anti-discrimination laws. Most mask mandates, including Lincoln’s, include exceptions for people who cannot wear a mask due to disability.
It is encouraged that business owners and service providers presume that someone NOT wearing a face covering is doing so for a legitimate reason. A business owner/employee may conduct a limited inquiry by asking if someone is not wearing a face covering because of a medical condition, a mental health condition, or a disability that prevents the wearing of a face covering (it is important to note that any further questioning into the nature of the disability is not necessary and could be a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act or “ADA”or other antidiscrimination laws). If the response is yes, then business owners and employees should move on to discussions on alternative methods of accessing goods and services (which can include employees retrieving goods, home delivery, curbside pickup, etc.).
People wearing masks are doing so protect themselves and others from COVID-19 and to follow health directives. Assume someone is wearing a mask to protect themselves from COVID-19. Do not assume that they are wearing a mask to conceal their identity, commit crimes, or because they have COVID-19 and are contagious. Businesses should not require that customers remove masks upon entry.
City of Lincoln Diversity Statement
An exceptional level of service can only be achieved by an exceptional group of people. Therefore, the City of Lincoln places tremendous value in both hiring and maintaining a diverse group of employees to service our citizens.
Everyone is different, everyone is necessary and everyone has a valuable perspective to offer.
Each of us possesses a unique and valuable mix of personal characteristics and experiences that contribute to the fabric of who we are. These include, but are not limited to:
- Veteran Status
- Sexual Orientation
- National Origin
- Physical Characteristics
- Political Opinions or Affiliations
- Marital Status
- Gender Identity or Expression
The City of Lincoln recognizes and respects the intrinsic benefit provided by incorporating these differences into our workforce. We are committed to employing a diverse and talented team of individuals who reflect our community and whose differences enhance the services we provide to our citizens.
LCHR Monthly Show – We All Have Rights
- February LCHR Show
New Americans Task Force (NATF) CareerPathways – what they are and why they are important.
- January LCHR Show
What is the 2020 Census? Andrew Thierolf breaks it down.
- December LCHR Show
Get to know Lincoln Human Rights Commissioners!
- November LCHR Show
Did you know that LCHR has been around since 1963? Who are we and what exactly do we do? Watch to find out!
LCHR Public Service Announcements
- Discrimination due to National Origin or Religion
- Discrimination due to Familial Status
- Discrimination due to Sex or Domestic Violence
- Discrimination due to Race
The City of Lincoln is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As such, it is the policy of the City to assure that applicants are employed, and that employees are treated fairly and equitably during their employment, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or political opinions or affiliations, or gender identity or expression, or other legally prohibited bases with regard to actions such as employment, promotions, demotion or transfer, recruitment or recruitment advertising, layoff or termination, rates of pay or forms of compensation, and selection for training.