Gainesville’s broad anti-discrimination ordinance survived a referendum that would have stripped all protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender residents. Over 58% of those voting elected to keep the existing ordinance.
The controversy started last year when the city commission amended the ordinance to cover transsexuals. Using the slogan, “Keep men out of women’s restrooms,” gay rights opponents pushed the ballot initiative that would have limited the city’s ordinance to those classes covered by the Florida Civil Rights Act: race, color, creed, religion, gender, national origin, age, handicap, marital and familial status.
Note: Employers that have work sites in several cities often overlook local anti-discrimination ordinances. Those laws may require employers to post notices in the workplace or include expanded anti-discrimination language in employee handbooks.
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