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Non-discrimination bill introduced in N.C. Senate
18 Democrats and one Republican sponsor measure


Sen Charlie Albertson’s bill would protect state employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.
Sen. Charlie Albertson (D-Duplin) introduced SB 1534, “Non-Discrimination in State Employment,” on March 29. This bill would protect state employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.

Sen. Albertson was joined by 19 co-sponsors, including one Republican. Never before have so many senators sponsored a pro-equality bill.

“We appreciate the dedication of our supporters who attended Lobby Day and helped our professional lobbying team secure this record number of sponsors.” said Ian Palmquist, Equality NC’s executive director. “Now we must continue working hard to get the bill through committee and to the floor for a vote.”

While most major employers in North Carolina have adopted inclusive anti-discrimination policies, state workers have no protection from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression, putting the state at a competitive disadvantage in recruiting and retaining the most talented employees.

The bill was referred to the Senate Judiciary I Committee, chaired by Sen. Martin Nesbitt (D-Buncombe). A similar bill will be introduced in the House in the coming weeks.
Bill summary

This bill would protect state employees from discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation, broadly defined to include gender identity or expression. It amends the State Personnel Act by adding sexual orientation to the list of protected classes for discrimination in hiring; denial of promotion, transfer or training; retaliatory demotion, reduction in force or termination; and harassment. Equality NC secured introduction of this bill by Sen. Charlie Albertson (D-Duplin) and 19 co-sponsors. This is the largest list of senators sponsoring pro-LGBT legislation in North Carolina history.

Sponsors

Charlie Albertson (D) (Primary)
Bob Atwater (D)
Phil Berger, D. (D)
Stan Bingham (R)
Julia Boseman (D)
Daniel Clodfelter (D)
Janet Cowell (D)
Charlie Smith Dannelly (D)
Katie Dorsett (D)
Linda Garrou (D)
Malcolm Graham (D)
Kay Hagan (D)
David Hoyle (D)
Clark Jenkins (D)
Ed Jones (D)
Ellie Kinnaird (D)
Vernon Malone (D)
Martin Nesbitt (D)
William Purcell (D)
David Weinstein (D)

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