Texas: Dallas Bans Discrimination Against LGBT City Employees

By SHRM Online Staff Nov 21, 2014

Dallas voters passed a proposition on Nov. 4, 2014 amending the city’s charter to extend nondiscrimination provisions to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) city employees. 

Almost 77 percent of voters supported Proposition 4, which would amend the city charter to prohibit discrimination against city employees based on “sexual orientation” and “gender identity and expression.” The proposition also added color, age, marital status, genetic characteristics, national original, disability, and military or veteran status to the list of classes protected against discrimination. Prior to the vote, the City Charter prohibited discrimination against city employees based only on race, sex, and political or religious opinions or affiliations.

In January 2014, the mayor and the Dallas City Council established a commission to review the city charter and suggest amendments. As a result, the commission proposed an amendment to protect gender identity and expression, along with several other classes, such as color, age, and disability.

The Dallas City Council had amended the city’s personnel rules in September 2014 to ban discrimination against transgender city employees, adding “gender identity and expression” to a list protected classes covered by the policy.


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