Officials in the city of Lebanon have adopted a policy that protects the city’s transgender employees from discrimination.
City councilors unanimously approved the change at a meeting Wedneday night. It applies to all municipal employees and volunteers, as well as contractors hired to do work for the city.
Mayor Sue Prentiss says the policy sends a clear message.
“This is about equality and justice. I would like to think that there was never a point that anybody would be treated differently, but that’s not realistic.”
Officials say the measure is also meant to show their support for a bill that stalled in the Statehouse earlier this year.
That bill, which was tabled by House Republicans, would have extended anti-discrimination protections to transgender people with regard to housing, employment, and public accommodations.