Hawaii House approves transgender workplace protections bill


The Hawaii state House of Representatives on Monday approved legislation that would prohibit workplace discrimination against transgender people.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports:

House Bill 546 would bar employers from discriminating on the basis of gender expression, bringing Hawaii’s labor law in line with similar protections in the areas of housing and public accommodations.

The House, in a 45-4 vote on Monday, agreed to accept the Senate’s amended draft of the bill, allowing the proposal to skip the conference committee process and move directly to the Gov. Neil Abercromie for his signature.

“Today is a great day for all residents of Hawaii,” said Alan Spector, co-chairman of Equality Hawaii. “Providing employment protections to transgender people in Hawaii is a victory for civil rights.”

Earlier this year, Abercrombie signed a same-sex civil unions bill into law, granting same-sex and heterosexual couples the same rights, benefits and responsibilities as marriage under state law.

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