Lawmakers approved a legislative resolution Aug. 12 asserting protections against employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Lincoln Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks introduced LR466 to affirm a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, which held that an employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Pansing Brooks said the resolution would send a strong message to employers and workers that Nebraska is committed to being a welcoming and inclusive state for all.
“Business leaders have been clear that workforce development is our state’s number one business need,” she said. “We need to do more to make sure our state competes for the talented young workers that we need.”
Elmwood Sen. Robert Clements expressed concerns that the Court’s decision, and the subsequent legislative resolution, were in direct conflict with the Nebraska’s constitutional protections of religious freedom.
The resolution was adopted on a 28-8 vote.