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Non-discrimination ordinance returns to Memphis City Council

Personnel Committee meeting planned for Oct. 26

October 21, 2010 O&AN Staff Reports   Comments

The Memphis City Council's Personnel Committee will again take up the issue of an employment non-discrimination ordinance that prohibits workplace discrimination for city employees based on religion, race, sex, creed, political affiliation, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or other non-merit factors.

The Tennessee Equality Project and other supporters will be attending the Personnel Committee meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 26, where the ordinance will be discussed.

"Memphis cannot succeed in the 21st Century without positioning itself as a City of Choice that welcomes all people of diverse backgrounds," said Jonathan Cole, chair, Tennessee Equality Project. "In order to attract and retain a talented workforce, Memphis must demonstrate that our city values hard work and creativity over intolerence and fear."

A previous attempt to pass the ordinance was withdrawn by TEP after the Council's tepid response to the ordinance had caused concern for the organization. Cole implores the Council to ensure equality for all city employees.

"TEP hopes that the Memphis City Council and Mayor AC Wharton will embrace this opportunity to move Memphis forward by establishing LGBT-inclusive workplace protections where none currently exist," he said.

The meeting will take place in Conference Room 514 located on the fifth floor of the City Hall building. begins at 8:30 a.m., but supporters will need to arrive early to find seating. Please plan to arrive no later than 7:30 a.m.

The front door of City Hall opens at 8 a.m., but attendees can gain access to building before 8 a.m. through the basement garage from Front Street across from the Mud Island parking lot.

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