The city of Omaha recently enacted an ordinance regulating fair employment practices (FEP). By the ordinance, employers, employment agencies, and labor organizations are prohibited from discriminating against employees, job applicants, or members on the basis of race, color, creed or national origin. The ordinance was the center of much controversy: the assistant city attorney stated the city lacked the power to enact the ordinance, and the city's leading newspaper opposed the law.

I. FEP around the Nation

II. FEP in Nebraska

III. Validity of Ordinances in General … A. Conflict with State Law … B. Preemption by the State … C. Municipal Legislative Power

IV. Omaha’s Charter-Grant or Limitation

V. Conclusion