Dallas County adds gender identity, expression to non-discrimination policy

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Dallas County commissioners on Tuesday voted to include transgender employees in the county’s non-discrimination policy.

The order, approved by a 3-2 vote, prohibits harassment and discrimination against transgender employees, or on the basis of “gender identity and gender expression.”

Tuesday’s action reflects significant changes to the Commissioners Court, which consists of a Democratic majority after last year’s election for the first time since the 1980s, reported the Dallas Morning News.

On March 22, the court added sexual orientation to the policy — one of the commissioners who advocated for that change thought it covered transgender employees as well.

The commissioners voted along party lines Tuesday, with three Democrats agreeing to change the county code, and the two Republicans voting against it.

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