Scottsdale May Add LGBT Protections To Non-Discrimination Law

By Alexandra Olgin
Published: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 9:16am
Updated: Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 11:00am
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Last week the Indiana governor signed a religious freedom bill into law. It’s is similar to the measure vetoed by former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer last year.

Cities in the Valley are adding to their ordinances to protect their LGBT citizens. The Scottsdale City Council will consider updating its non-discrimination policy tonight.

Scottsdale is considering adding sexual orientation and gender identity to its non-discrimination ordinance. Phoenix, Tempe, Flagstaff and Tucson already have these protections in place.

Since Phoenix passed the law in 2013, the city has had eight complaints.

“Three of those have resulted in a no-cause finding. Two of them did not meet the elements needed for a legitimate discrimination complaint, so therefore those did not go any further," said Bonnie Rivera, with the city’s Equal Opportunity Department. "We have three right now that are currently being investigated.”

In 2007, Scottsdale extended protections for city employees to include sexual orientation and gender identity.

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