Carmel

A Silicon Valley tech company is relocating to Carmel, in what state officials are touting as a win for Indiana's business-friendly climate.

 

San Mateo, Calif.-based Determine uses cloud technology to help companies store and manage contract data from start to finish. Its clients include AOL, Kellogg's and Sony Music Entertainment.

 

Conservative Groups Hope To Use RFRA To Quash Four Cities' LGBT Protections

Feb 3, 2016
Joseph Hren / WFIU

Four Indiana cities are facing a lawsuit challenging LGBT protections in their human rights ordinances.

The complaint alleges the local laws in Bloomington, Columbus, Indianapolis and Carmel violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act lawmakers passed last year.

Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop says the city stands behind its human rights ordinance.  

“The people that are suing us, they didn’t tell us, they told the newspaper, so I think it gives you a little bit of insight of what their motives are, but nonetheless, we intend to defend ourselves,” Lienhoop says.

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Carmel is a step closer to passing more legal protections for the LGBT community.

The Carmel City Council's finance committee voted to send an anti-discrimination law to the full council. But the committee did so only after amending the law to give businesses cited for discrimination one chance to remedy any issues before being fined.

Under the new form of the law, businesses will get a warning first before being fined up to $500 a day for any additional acts of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Carmel City Council Sends Back LGBT Protection Ordinance

Sep 18, 2015
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A Carmel City Council committee has tabled a proposed anti-discrimination ordinance.

The ordinance would impose a $500 fine on any business that discriminates against customers on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation.

Carmel's councilors decided to send the ordinance back to attorneys for review – meaning it won't return to the full council at next Monday's meeting. The full council will likely take the issue back up in October.

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29-percent of Hoosiers live in places with local ordinances protecting gays and lesbians from discrimination. And that proportion could grow in the wake of last week‘s religious freedom controversy.

Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard blasted the now-revised religious objections law as "ridiculous." Carmel already has an executive order prohibiting discrimination against gays and lesbians in city hiring -- Brainard says he‘ll send the city council an ordinance to add sexual orientation to local civil rights laws.