Friday, 02 March 2018 23:30

Bexar County, Texas approves LGBT protections in employment

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The county of Bexar, Texas will allow protections for LGBT employees and job seekers.

They voted unanimously. Indeed, Bexar County Commissioners largely approved an update of the Equal Employment Opportunity policy to include protections for LGBT people.

It will have been a long battle. In 2013, San Antonio approved a non-discrimination order. LGBT activists in Bexar then sought a protection policy within their county. Unfortunately, due to political changes, the project was lost.

Nevertheless, in 2014, other LGBT-friendly policies were put in place:

  • diversity training for county employees
  • a plus-one insurance program that allowed county employees in same-sex relationships to ensure their partners without being legally recognized. At that time, marriage equality wasn't legalized.

From now on, the new policy’s language reads: “Bexar County provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy status, age, religion, political affiliation or beliefs, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any non-merit factor in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment.”

Bexar becomes Texas' second county, after Dallas, to allow protections for LGBT employees and job applicants.