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Dallas voters approve protections for LGBT city employees

Dallas voters approve protections for LGBT city employees

DALLAS — Voters in Dallas, Texas, on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a change to the city charter that would add protections for LGBT city workers.

DallasThe city charter amendment, which includes sexual orientation and gender identity, was approved by 77 percent of voters, according to Lone Star Q.

The nondiscrimination charter amendment, known as Proposition No. 4, added sexual orientation, gender identity, color, age, marital status, genetic characteristics, national original, disability, and military or veteran status to the list of classes protected against discrimination.

Although the city’s hiring policy already prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, the City Charter — also known as the city constitution — prohibited discrimination against city employees based only on race, sex, and political or religious opinions or affiliations.

Dallas already has in place a citywide ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation in employment, housing and public accommodations. In that ordinance, transgender protections are included under the definition of sexual orientation.

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