Vt. Human Rights Commission Director Stepping Down

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The long-time head of Vermont’s state Human Rights Commission is stepping down.

Sixty-one-year-old Robert Appel will become a lawyer in private practice with a Hinesburg law firm.

Appel has been the commission’s executive director since 2001, heading up its various investigations of discrimination cases and representing it at the Statehouse.

He helped a mother challenge an airline that kicked her off a plane in Burlington for breast-feeding her child, and helped a lesbian couple challenge a Lyndonville inn’s reluctance to host their wedding.

Before taking the job with the commission Appel served in other state jobs, including as defender general.

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