Anti-discrimination bill could come to Lincoln

By: Ashley Harding

Omaha passed an anti-discrimination ordinance last month, and now a Lincoln councilman says it's our turn to move in the same direction.

It was introduced by councilman Carl Eskridge. He says not only is it the right thing to do, but it'll ensure good business in the city.

For some, it might be hard to believe that your sexual identity, that means gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender, can cost you your job. But here in Lincoln, there's not law to stop that from happening. Now, a city councilman hopes to change that.

“It attracts more people, more interest. People who are accepting and more understanding of one another. I don't see a downside,” said Eskridge.

If his ordinance passes, workplace discrimination against members of our gay community would be outlawed. Meaning, you could never be fired for that reason. For those who have been there before, it's about making life and business easier.

“You know, from then on every time I applied for a job, I had thought to myself 'am I safe here? What can and can't I say?' Which you shouldn't have to do at work,” said Morgan Watters, who was fired from a job because of her sexual identity.

Other supporters say not only is it time for Lincoln to join the 200+ cities in the U.S. to offer this protection, but it'll also attract better workers, which could result in higher business revenue. For others, it's also about moving into the future.

“I think that this is the right thing for Lincoln to do and it's time for us to do it. The city supports it,” said Watters.

The ordinance will be officially introduced on April 30th. There will be public hearings to let you speak out on the proposal and the council will vote on it next month.