Forum Question

At the blogger-sponsored forum Greensboro City Council-at-Large candidates were asked a question about the city's policy for hiring.
I thought that the question meant hiring by the city itself (not hiring by every business in the city). I answered yes, as did most of the candidates, that the city had a hiring practice that does not discriminate on the basis of sexual preference.
We were told that was the wrong answer.
The following is copied from the City of Greensboro's Application for Employment:

It is the policy of the City of Greensboro to hire and promote the best-qualified individual(s) available. To this end, no person shall be refused employment, denied promotion or assignment, discharged or otherwise discriminated against or given preference in any aspect of the employment relationship on the basis of race, gender, religion, age, political affiliation, national origin, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, or any other non-job related factor, except when certain physical and mental requirements are bona-fide occupational qualifications. (City Personnel Policy I-1).

I hope this will clarify any misunderstanding about this question and the answers given.


Roch101 said...

Hi Diane,

That question was: "Do the City ordinances prohibit businesses in the city from discriminating for employment based on sexual orientation?"

You are correct that the City's hiring policy prohibits such discrimination. The City ordinances that apply to businesses in Greensboro do not. They prohibit employment discrimination based on "race, color, religion, sex or national origin."

Nor do city ordinances prohibit discrimination based on sexual preference for housing, real estate transactions, or "public accomodations" which means "a business, accommodation, refreshment, entertainment, recreation or transportation facility of any kind whose goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages or accommodations are extended, offered, sold or otherwise made available to the public." (Discrimination for these are prohibited based on "race, color, religion or national origin.")

Now that you have a better understanding of the issue, what do you think about the anti-discrmination ordninances that apply to businesses?

diane said...

I think that the policy that the city uses in employee hiring and promotions should be extended universally.