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File #: 29698    Version: 1 Name: Gender identity
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 4/4/2013 In control: COMMON COUNCIL
On agenda: 9/3/2013 Final action: 9/3/2013
Enactment date: 9/12/2013 Enactment #: ORD-13-00149
Title: Amending Sections 39.02(1), 39.02(9)(b) and (e) of the Madison General Ordinances to add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes.
Sponsors: Michael E. Verveer, Marsha A. Rummel, Joseph R. Clausius, David Ahrens, Shiva Bidar, Mark Clear, Lauren Cnare, Sue Ellingson, Steve King, Larry Palm, Matthew J. Phair, Scott J. Resnick, Chris Schmidt, John Strasser, Lisa Subeck, Maurice S. Cheeks, Anita Weier, Ledell Zellers
Fiscal Note
No significant fiscal impact is anticipated. Any additional administrative responsibilities will be accommodated within existing staff resources.
Title
Amending Sections 39.02(1), 39.02(9)(b) and (e) of the Madison General Ordinances to add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes.
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DRAFTER'S ANALYSIS: This amendment would add “gender identity” and “sexual orientation” as protected classes to the City’s affirmative action ordinance. This would therefore make it unlawful for either the City or any of its contractors to discriminate in the provision of employment, promotional opportunities or service delivery on such basis. These protected classes are already incorporated into the City’s Equal Opportunities Ordinance, Sec. 39.03, MGO.
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The Common Council of the City of Madison do hereby ordain as follows:
1. Subsection (1) entitled “Declaration of Policy” of Section 39.02 entitled “Affirmative Action Ordinance” of the Madison General Ordinances is amended to read as follows:
“(1) Declaration of Policy. It is the official policy of the City of Madison to provide equal employment and promotional opportunities and equal access to public services for all persons from all segments of the Madison community without regard to their race, religion, color, age, marital status, disability, sex, or national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity, hereinafter referred to as affected or under-represented groups. The Council finds that the practice of unfair discrimination in access to public services, employment and contracting adversely affects the general welfare of the City. Because such practices have existed throughout Madison’s history, the mere passive prohibition of discriminatory practices is not sufficient to effectuate this principle of equal opportunity in contracting, employment and promotional opportunity and equal access to public...

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