Thursday, August 14, 2014

Shelby County Commission Committee Approves Amendments to Non-Discrimination Policy

Posted By on Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Kal Rocket and Ellyahnna Hall at the Shelby County Commission committee meeting
  • Jackson Baker
  • Kal Rocket and Ellyahnna Hall at the Shelby County Commission committee meeting

"Sexual identity," "gender identity," and "gender expression" may soon be added to the non-discrimination policy for Shelby County government employees. The Shelby County Commission will vote on the amendment in their full meeting on Monday, but yesterday, the commission's General Government committee approved the addition.

The commission passed a non-discrimination policy several years ago, but the terms "sexual identity," "gender identity," and "gender expression" were omitted from the final version in favor of the more generic "non-merit factors." The policy's original sponsor, Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy, is now attempting to get those words inserted back into the policy's language.

The Tennessee Equality Project has posted a petition on their website urging the commissioners to vote in favor of the change on Monday.

Flyer political reporter Jackson Baker was at the commission meeting yesterday and has posted a full account on his Politics Beat Blog.

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