Bill Number: HB 627
Bill Description: Relating to the prohibition of employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
Author: Johnson (D-Dallas)
Stance: Support
Related Bills: None
Committee: State Affairs

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Analysis

This bill amends the labor code to include sexual orientation and gender identity/expression as protected classes. It is similar to HB412/582 in the class of persons protected, but it is much further reaching as it applies to any employment relationship in Texas and not just state contract/subcontract employment.

Position

As the US Secretary of Labor, Thomas Perez, opined, “No one should live in fear of being fired or passed over or discriminated against at work simply because of who they are or who they love.”

Claims by potential opponents to this bill that people who are homosexual or transgendered are immoral or unnatural and therefore able to be discriminated against are solely based in religious dogma. Secular Texas advocates a rational, scientific approach to policy and by this criteria, not granting equal protection under the law to LGBTQ individuals is analogous to discriminating based on skin color or any other characteristic not related to job performance.

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