Equal Employment Ordinance is Good for Omaha
March 8, 2012 by Tony Wagner, Western Regional Field Director
The Omaha City Council will be voting on the Equal Employment Ordinance on Tuesday, March 13. The ordinance, sponsored by Councilman Ben Gray, would prohibit workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
As the vote is expected to be close, HRC and the Omaha coalition have teamed up to generate thousands of emails and phone calls into councilmembers. No one should ever be fired or denied a job simply because of who they are. The time is now for Omaha to join major employers in the region in recognizing the value of treating all employees with dignity and respect.
Just today, Councilman Garry Gernandt proposed an amendment to the ordinance to reduce coverage to only city employees. That means some residents in Omaha would be protected from discrimination, while others would not. Don’t all Omahans deserve the same protection?
If you’d like to get involved with the Omaha campaign, email Tony.Wagner@hrc.org.
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