In today’s Voice I reported that the city of Dallas has had, since 1995, an employment nondiscrimination policy that includes sexual orientation but NOT gender identity. And apparently this has come as a surprise to some people who thought Dallas had protections for transgender city workers. The confusion may stem from a subsequent ordinance the city passed, in 2002, that does include gender identity. The 2002 ordinance prohibits discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations based on sexual orientation. And under its definition of sexual orientation, the 2002 ordinance lists “real or perceived gender identity.” BUT, the 2003 ordinance also contains a list of employers who are exempt, which includes political subdivisions of the state of Texas. Therefore, the city of Dallas is exempt from the 2002 ordinance, and one must go back to the 1995 ordinance to find out whether the city protects transgender workers, which it does not. To view the 1995 ordinance, go here, click on the English version, and scroll down to Page 52. Here’s what it says:
City management may not discharge an individual, fail or refuse to hire an
individual, or otherwise discriminate against an individual with respect to compensation,
terms, conditions, or privileges of employment because of the individual’s race, color,
age, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, political
opinions, or affiliations.
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