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PB Human Rights Council Calls for Boca to Extend Partner Benefits

BOCA RATON—Last week, the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council (PBCHRC) again requested that the Boca Raton City Council recognize the domestic partners of city employees as family members and to extend them the benefits received by legally-recognized spouses.

“We’re asking the city of Boca Raton to do what the city of West Palm Beach did in February 1992 – 20 years ago,” PBCHRC President Rand Hoch said. “We’re not asking for anything radical. We’re asking for them to treat their employees and their employees’ families equally.”

Domestic partnership benefits are currently offered by the Palm Beach County municipalities of Delray Beach, Jupiter, Lake Worth, Palm Beach Gardens, Wellington, and West Palm Beach, and also by Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach County School District, the Port of Palm Beach, the Palm Beach County Health Care District, Palm Beach State College, the Children’s Services Council, Palm Tran, Seacoast Utility Authority, the Solid Waste Authority and all five of Palm Beach County’s elected officials.

Hoch said that Boca Raton is Palm Beach County’s biggest city that isn’t on that list. “They are talking maybe three to five employees, at most,” he added. “You are either going to treat people fairly or you are going to discriminate against them.”