A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT AMENDING THE STATE PERSONNEL ACT TO INCLUDE SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY OR EXPRESSION TO THE LIST OF CLASSIFICATIONS COVERED BY THE STATE'S EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY LAW AND REQUIRING LOCAL BOARDS OF EDUCATION TO ADOPT POLICIES FOR NONDISCRIMINATION IN EMPLOYMENT, INCLUDING SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY OR EXPRESSION AMONG THE COVERED CLASSIFICATIONS.
Amends GS 126-16 to require all state departments, agencies, and local governments to give equal opportunity for employment and compensation without regard to race, religion, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or handicapping condition to all persons otherwise qualified, except as defined. Also adds sexual orientation and gender identity or expressionto GS 126-34.1, which lists grounds, including discrimination, for state employeesand former state employees to file contested cases in the Office of Administrative Hearings and to GS 126-36, which details an employee's right to appeal an unlawful employment practice.
Enacts new GS 115C-335.10 to providea school personnel nondiscrimination policy. Directs each local board of education to adopt a personnel policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or disability. Defines school personnel to mean any (1) full or part-time employee of a local board of education or (2) an independent contractor or an employee of an independent contractor of a local board of education, including substitute teachers, bus drivers, clerical staff, custodians, and driver training teachers.
Specifies that the act does not require preferential treatment or special rights be provided based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
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