Aurora on notice to spark up anti-discrimination bill
The City Council is expected to hear arguments Monday in the trial of an anti-discrimination measure passed earlier this year, which critics say has the unintended consequence of discouraging businesses from hiring LGBTQ people.
This week, Aurora police are asking local businesses in the city to apply for a city ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
The city was one of 30 cities across the country to call a summit in January to take stock of existing laws addressing the issue, and the city’s efforts could ultimately lead to legal changes on the issue.
Under the proposal, employers would still be able to fire someone based on sexual orientation and gender identity but would not be able to fire people for race or religion.
Businesses would have 90 days to notify police if예스카지노 they wanted their jobs affected. The ban could take effect by April, and if approved, employers in the city would receive about $1.2 million in annual economic impact from the measure.
«The business climate will adapt to the new policy,» said Aurora Councilwoman Sue Sexton, chairman of the business committee that passed the measure. «If we do not adjust our culture to the fact that this is a significant issue, then I think it’s going to be a lot of people coming to our door.»
The measure has met criticism from gay and lesbian businesses in the Aurora area. They have said that the ordinance would be counter-productive to LGBT efforts to promote equality and equal treatment under state and federal law.
«This is going to be an uphill fight,» said Jim Wilson, president of the Colorado LGBT Chamber of Commerce. «They’ve taken a big step today and we want to keep doing this.»
Aurora, a predominantly white, suburban city of about 11,000 people, currently allows businesses to keep employment decisions out of personnel decisions. About 2바카라,700 are gay, lesbian or transgender employees and 1,60더킹카지노0 are out.
The city says it is trying to build a culture of inclusion with the ordinance.
«We think it’s very important that we start to recognize this as something that all business members ought to consider when they start to come out,» said Dan Cappello, who was the city’s deputy mayor from 2011 to 2014. «We’re still going to encourage those businesses, particularly gay and lesbian, that need to be comfortable with having employees with different sexual orientations and backgrounds.»