West Palm tightens anti-discrimination rules

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West Palm Beach’s city commission on Monday passed a law prohibiting city contractors from discriminating based on race color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and other grounds.

The city already has equal opportunity ordinances and prohibits contractors from unlawfully discriminating. The new provision seeks to clarify that, stating that a city contractor or subcontractor may not violate federal, state or local anti-discrimination laws in dealings with any employee, city employee working  with it, or applicants for employment.

“The contractor or subcontractor shall take action to ensure that applicants are not discriminated against and that employees are treated equally during employment, without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, age, disability, familial status, (or) marital status,” according to a city summary of the new ordinance.

The provision comes in the wake of the mass murder in the Orlando gay bar, Pulse.

 

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