Vt. human rights chief says progress has been made, more needed

Sunday December 9, 2012

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Vermont's departing director of the state's Human Rights Commission says there's still work to do to combat discrimination in the state.

Robert Appel (uh-PELL), who announced he's leaving state government after 32 years, says cases of employment discrimination still crop up too frequently, and that continued monitoring is needed to guard against racial profiling by police and harassment in schools.

The 61-year-old Appel, who plans to go to work for a Hinesburg law firm, says he thinks the most important case he handled resulted in a ruling by the state Supreme Court that Vermont's prisons have to work harder to accommodate inmates with disabilities -- including psychiatric ones.

Appel says he hopes that he can be more forceful in speaking out about discrimination now that he'll be out of state government.


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