City Council to discuss ordinance banning discrimination on basis of sexual orientation

Feb 27, 2012


Omaha City Councilmen will discuss an ordinance Tuesday that bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The ordinance is sponsored by Councilman Ben Gray. It seeks to prohibit discrimination in the workplace and all public places in Omaha on the basis of “actual or perceived” gender identity or sexual orientation. Anyone who believes they’ve been the target of discrimination could file a complaint with Omaha’s Human Rights and Relations Department.

The ordinance exempts religious institutions, and any organization run wholly or in part by a religious institution, according to Gray. It also says employers don’t have to provide benefits for same-sex partners.

The city council meets at 2pm Tuesday.

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