Monday, October 31, 2016

Manhattan Nondiscrimination Ordinance Goes Into Effect Tuesday

Riley County Courthouse
As of Tuesday, November 1, the City of Manhattan, KS will protect its LGBT citizens with a nondiscrimination ordinance that extends to housing, employment and public accommodations. The city, with a population of around 56,000 is one of only two Kansas subdivision to offer a comprehensive nondiscrimination law. The other being Roeland Park.

Confusion: According to Wikipedia, the cities of Lawrence, Topeka, and Roeland Park prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in employment. The county of Shawnee prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation only in public employment. I can find no such protections in the Topeka municipal code. The Lawrence ordinance is ambiguous and may not be actionable. In contrast Roeland Park's nondiscrimination protections extend to sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing and public accommodations. Online versions of municipal code are not necessarily current.

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