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Raleigh, N.C., unanimously passes transgender worker protections

Raleigh, N.C. MATT COMER [e]QNotes[m]

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s capital city became the sixth statewide to protect transgender workers from employment discrimination.

Raleigh, N.C.

Raleigh, N.C.

City Council members passed the revised policy unanimously at a meeting on Tuesday afternoon.

The proposed policy was passed by the Council’s Human Relations Committee last month. It includes the addition of gender identity or expression along with several other enumerated categories to the city’s non-discrimination policy.

The policy already protects workers on the basis of sexual orientation. The policy applies only to the city’s own workers.

Raleigh follows several other cities protecting workers on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity: Asheville, Boone, Carrboro, Charlotte, Chapel Hill and Buncombe. Durham, Mecklenburg and Orange Counties have also extended similar protections.

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