In Tempe, Arizona, voters have an opportunity to vote for something really meaningful and incredibly important.
It’s called proposition 475. And it’s a change in the city of Tempe’s charter to include a non-discrimination employment policy that protects LGBT workers.
Now in the past I’ve written in detail the importance of non-discrimination employment policies. You can read “I Haven’t Been Fired For Being Gay, Yet” and “A Mormon Case for ENDA.” In those pieces you will note that it’s still legal in Arizona to fire someone for being gay. It’s also legal to fire people for being gay in 28 other states as well.
This proposition works to change that, by protecting LGBT workers, and ensuring that people from the LGBT community are hired in the first place.
But, proposition 475 isn’t just a LGBT employment non-discrimination ordiance. It goes beyond that and amends their city charter to include gender, color, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, familial status, age, political affiliation, disability, or United States military veteran status. If approved it would outlaw discrimination of basically any type when hiring new employees.
In this day and age, with the economy still stuck in neutral, jobs are hard to come by. And keeping your job is more important now than ever. Voting for Proposition 475 is just a smart business move that Tempe is making. It will help to ensure that the best and most qualified people apply for jobs and are hired by the city.
And while it doesn’t protect employees who don’t work for the City of Tempe; it’s an important first step in that direction.