The Charlotte Observer reported that the Charlotte Business Guild proposed a three-part plan Tuesday.
The plan includes publicizing businesses that voluntarily provide protections, as well as trying to convince state lawmakers to require protection for employees.
The proposal also calls for offering training for businesses on how to avoid workplace discrimination.
The newspaper reported that North Carolina is one of about 30 states where LGBT employees do not have job protections under state law.
There is no federal law on the subject. The Obama administration has extended protections to federal workers.
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