Lincoln City Council to update nondiscrimination code
"This ordinance will help our community grow by attracting business, aiding in recruitment, and helping to keep our young people here in our great city," said Councilwoman Sändra Washington.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Lincoln City Council is in the process of updating its nondiscrimination code, bringing it up to date with federal civil rights laws.
Council members, business leaders, and advocates say the updated code will help the city build on its reputation as a community that welcomes everyone.
Councilwoman Sändra Washington plans to introduce legislation to update Title 11 on Monday, Jan. 31.
“It’s past time we make sure every Lincoln resident can’t be fired, denied housing, or turned away from service for who they are or who they love. This ordinance will help our community grow by attracting business, aiding in recruitment, and helping to keep our young people here in our great city,” said Washington.
The update will adjust local protections with the last two decades of changes in federal civil rights law. The council last updated Title 11 in 1996.
The update would not allow discrimination based on military and veteran status, sexual orientation and gender identity, while also clarifying protections based on marital status and disability.
Council members believe the city is ready to establish itself as a community that treats everyone with respect.
“Equal treatment and fairness are values the Lincoln Chamber respects and seeks to promote. We know these values are essential for a welcoming economy that holds strong business and vibrant communities together,” said Jason Ball, president and CEO of the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.