Hawaii Governor signs transgender workplace protections bill into law

Hawaii’s Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Thursday signed into law House Bill 546, a bill that prohibits workplace discrimination against transgender people.

The new law bars employers from discriminating on the basis of gender identity or expression, bringing Hawaii’s labor law in line with similar protections in the areas of housing and public accommodations.

Hawaii becomes the 13th state to ban employment discrimination based on gender identity or expression.

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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