Gov. Brian Sandoval Signs Transgender Employment Protections in Nevada
May 24, 2011 by Tony Wagner, Western Regional Field Director
Today, Governor Brian Sandoval signed into law AB211, a bill which codifies prohibitions against discrimination in employment on the basis of gender identity or expression. This followed bipartisan support from Democrats and Republicans in the Nevada legislature.
Additionally, the legislature has approved SB 331 and 368, bills that expand the state’s antidiscrimination laws in the areas of public accommodations and housing, respectively. SB 331 protects against discrimination in public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, while SB 368 adds gender identity to Nevada’s housing anti-discrimination law. Gov. Sandoval is also expected to sign those bills in the coming days.
HRC President Joe Solmonese had this to say about the signing:
We thank Governor Sandoval for standing up for all Nevadans. Moving forward, employment decisions in Nevada must be made on the basis of merit, not an employee’s gender identity or expression. This is a tremendous victory for our entire community.
Nevada is now the 14th U.S. state, along with the District of Columbia, to provide protections based on gender identity or expression.
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