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North Carolina: Guilford county adopts non-discrimination policy

More progress here in the Tar Heel state — news from EqualityNC:

The Guilford County Board of Commissioners have unanimously approved expanding the County’s personnel policy to provide discrimination protections based on sexual orientation. The new policy, which will protect county employees from discrimination, was adopted at the Commissioners’ March 15 meeting.

Equality NC applauds the work of local leaders in securing this change, including Bob Page and Gary Palmer of Replacements Ltd., who have been working towards this goal for several years.

Guilford County joins Orange, Durham, and Mecklenburg County, as well as the towns of Bessemer City, Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Durham, Greensboro, and Raleigh, which already have such policies in place. Only Carrboro and Chapel Hill have policies inclusive of gender identity or expression.

“The growing number of communities across our state, as well as major employers, who have adopted anti-discrimination policies should send a strong signal to our state leaders that the time has come to ensure that all employees deserve a workplace free of discrimination and harassment,” said Ian Palmquist, Executive Director.

Yes, in NC you can be fired for being gay unless you work for an institution or company that explicitly protects LGBT workers. It’s not clear whether there will be any movement to pass statewide legislation to add sexual orientation or gender identity to the anti-discrimination laws.

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