Nebraska Legislators Hold First Round Debate on Sex, Gender Employment Discrimination

LINCOLN – Nebraska lawmakers began debate today on bill that would outlaw employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Senator Adam Morfeld sponsors LB 586, as his priority measure.

:44                  “open for business”

Senator Lydia Braasch maintains there are adequate federal protections in place for gay persons.

:11                  “in place”

Senator Patti Pansing-Brooks says, however, that the Civil Rights Act does not provide employment protection for persons based on sexual orientation or gender identity.  She told colleagues of the input she’s received, meeting with owners of Lincoln start-up technology businesses.

:28                  “just not true”

Senator David Schnoor countered that there are examples of businesses willing to start operations or grow in Nebraska, with the current law the state has.  He says Omaha and Lincoln are “growing by leaps and bounds” without a law such as that proposed in LB 586.

:24                  “this mentioned”

Under the bill, it would be unlawful for an employer, employment agency or labor organization to discriminate against an individual on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.  It would apply to employers with 15 or more workers, and employers with government contracts, regardless of the number of employees.

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