Charlotte City Council Passes Sweeping New Nondiscrimination Ordinance

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Yesterday, the Charlotte City Council unanimously passed a new measure that would add several categories to the city’s nondiscrimination ordinance as well as adding new employment protections.

The changes are similar to what the city council passed in 2016, a move that sparked the state to pass the controversial HB2, but this time, the Charlotte City Council did not include language about restroom facility usage.

According to a press release from the city, the new measure amends the city’s ordinances “to include familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, pregnancy and natural hairstyle as classes protected against discrimination,” as well as adding “employment protections for all new and existing protected classes”.

The new nondiscrimination changes that govern public accommodations will take effect on October 1st of this year, and the new employment protections will take effect on Jan. 1, 2022.

You can read a draft of the changes here.

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