Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Lewiston, Twin Falls Add Sexual Orientation Protections to Cities' Hiring Policies

Posted By on Tue, Jan 15, 2013 at 9:42 AM

The Lewiston and Twin Falls city councils added some of the words last night.

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that Lewiston councilors voted 5-2 Monday evening to adopt a new city policy that "adds sexual orientation language to its non-discrimination clause in hiring practices."

But the vote only came after a bit of wrangling over the proposed language. Council Member Clinton Daniel initially proposed that the sexual orientation clause be omitted from two sections of the city's handbook, but Council Member Ged Randall asked that Daniel's proposal be amended, so that the policy would state that "individuals will be hired based solely upon their qualifications and how fitting they are for the job," according to the Tribune.

But both proposals failed. In fact, Lewiston Mayor Pro-Tem Brad Cannon said the initial language was necessary.

"Until we solve the problem of discrimination in this country, we're going to have to protect classes of people," said Cannon, according to the Tribune. Cannon added that a close relative of his was gay.

Meanwhile, this morning's Twin Falls Times-News reports that the Twin Falls City Council also voted Monday night "to add sexual orientation to the anti-harassment and discrimination policy" for its city employees. Only one City Council member voted "no."

The Times-News also reports that the council "discussed the possibility of bringing the issue up as a city ordinance that would include all employers."

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