Charlotte, N.C. to consider LGBT protections in public accommodations

Charlotte, N.C. Staff Reports

The city of Charlotte, N.C., is considering expanding its ordinances to prohibit discrimination in places of public accommodation against people based on their sexual orientation, gender expression and gender identity.

Charlotte, N.C.

Charlotte, N.C.

The ordinance would prohibit local businesses from refusing service to LGBT customers.

The proposed changes would give LGBT residents some recourse when they feel discriminated against, but it would not give them protection in employment issues, according to the Charlotte Observer.

Scott Bishop, of the Mecklenburg LGBT political action committee, presented a proposal to the City Council last month. Though some council members had concerns about the proposal, they unanimously voted for the city attorney’s office to study the issue and how an expanded ordinance might be implemented.

Bishop also has proposed adding familial status and marital status to the groups of protected classes, though it’s unclear whether the city will include those groups.

A vote on Bishop’s proposal could come in early 2015.

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