Caddo considering introducing its own fairness ordinance

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 4:30pm

Just a month after Shreveport passed a fairness ordinance, lawyers and Caddo Parish administration are coming together to discuss a similar ordinance in the parish.

The Shreveport ordinance banned discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in the workplace, housing, or public accommodations.

The Center for American Progress reports that up to 43% of gay people have experienced some form of discrimination and harassment in the workplace, and 90% of transgender workers report some form of harassment or mistreatment on the job.

In November 2013, a statewide poll conducted by the LSU Public Policy Research Lab found that across political party, region, race, and age 93.7% of Louisianans support housing protections for LGBT people. Along with that, the poll shoed that 89.3% of Louisianans believe that employers other than churches or religious organizations should not be able to fire employees because they are gay or transgender.

Bringing equality to the parish is something Commissioner Michael Williams supports. He said, "I think it's something long overdue here in the South. We need to learn to execute justice for all people in America. I'm excited about to see Shreveport catch up with the rest of the country, and Caddo to keep up with the pace with the city. I like to be proactive rather than reactive."


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