The Hawaii state House of Representatives on Tuesday agreed to Senate amendments on a bill that would write into the statue books formal workplace protections for the trans community.
From The Washington Blade:
“Today is a great day for all residents of Hawaii,” said Alan Spector, Equality Hawaii co-chair in a statement. “Providing employment protections to transgender people in Hawaii is a victory for civil rights. The people of this state should be judged on the quality of work they do and not on who they are — that’s what this legislation guarantees.”
HB 546 was first passed by the House at the beginning of March and would prohibit discrimination “on the basis of gender identity and expression as a public-policy matter and specifically with regard to employment.”
Hawaii already has protections for transgender citizens in housing, public accommodations and employment, however employment protections were established through Civil Rights Commission rulings and have not yet been written into state statute.
The Senate passed the bill by a 22-2 margin last week.
With the House’s approval of the bill, the legislation now goes to Governor Abercrombie’s desk. The governor has pledged to sign the legislation.
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