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Fargo Passes Vote to Ban Employment Discrimination on LGBT Workers

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Fargo City Commissioner, Melissa Sobolik is responsible for introducing this citizen-driven task to the city table. If it passes, Sobolik says,

"We want to make sure that people are protected against discrimination as far as the city of Fargo - as far as an employer. That has been in place since the year 2000, but gender identity hasn't been included in there."

Hoping to rewrite human resource policies and make them as inclusive as possible for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community. Barry Nelson is the board chair of the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition. He's hoping that if enough cities ban together this time they can reintroduce the bill to the state and have a different outcome.

"One person being discriminated is hurting us all. I challenge all citizens who believe in equity for all, human rights for all. It's not just LGBT it's everyone in Fargo and in North Dakota.

Both with the message in urging State House of Representatives to lend more than just a hearing ear...

"If they aren't willing to step up and provide the kind of leadership that we need in human rights the community is going to run with it themselves," says Barry.

Melissa adds, "This is the first step of a long journey that will be continuing to make sure that they have the protections everyone else has in our community."

Through a unanimous vote, the city can rewrite it's human resource policies to include that no one regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity be discriminated against.Under newly enforced legislation, workers can now take legal action.

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