LITTLE ROCK— Today, the Little Rock City Board of Directors passed an ordinance creating non-discrimination protections for city employees, prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, political opinions or affiliation. Also, any vendor with whom the city does business will be prohibited from discrimination. In response, HRC State Director Kendra R. Johnson released the following statement:
“City leaders here in Little Rock are taking a bold, courageous and much-needed stand to protect city workers, showing once and for all that Arkansans believe in the Golden Rule,” said Johnson. “We ask Governor Asa Hutchinson to follow Little Rock’s lead and issue an executive order to protect state workers. In addition, we call on both local and state lawmakers to advance comprehensive non-discrimination legislation that will protect all Arkansans. At the end of the day, it’s just the right thing to do.”
HRC Arkansas is working to advance equality for LGBT Arkansans who have no statewide protections in housing, workplace, or public accommodations; and legal state recognition for their relationships and families. Through HRC Arkansas, we are working toward a future of fairness every day—changing hearts, minds and laws toward achieving full equality.
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