Kansas to Provide Legal Protection for the Gay and Transgender Community

The town of Manhattan, Kansas, known as the “Little Apple” is close to approving special protections for the gay and transgendered community.  The proposed law would be the strictest in the nation which would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. This would be an extreme legal initiative since the law would include a gender identity classification, as yet to be defined by the city council. For example, the law would make it illegal for an employer to fire a male sales executive with a beard wearing a dress and high heals.  A draft of the measure’s proposal was reviewed on December 7th and city commissioners are scheduled to vote on the new ordinance December 21st.  Read More.

To date, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex.  Additionally, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) does not enforce the protections that prohibit discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation.  Please visit the EEOC’s website for further information.

The attorneys at Leeds Morelli & Brown, P.C., are dedicated to obtaining successful outcomes for their clients regarding discrimination claims.  For any questions, contact an attorney at the Leeds Morelli & Brown P.C. law firm for a free consultation at 1-800-585-4658.