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Victoria's nondiscrimination policy meets state, federal laws

By Melissa Crowe
Sept. 5, 2013 at 4:05 a.m.
Updated Sept. 6, 2013 at 4:06 a.m.

Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Laws

• Prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964)

• Protects men and women who perform substantially equal work in the same establishment from sex-based wage discrimination (Equal Pay Act of 1963)

• Protects individuals who are 40 years of age or older (Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967)

• Prohibits employment discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities in the private sector and in state and local governments (Title I and Title V of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990)

• Prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities who work in the federal government (Sections 501 and 505 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973)

• Prohibits employment discrimination based on genetic information about an applicant, employee or former employee (Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008)

• Provides monetary damages in cases of intentional employment discrimination (Civil Rights Act of 1991)

• Prohibits discrimination based on conduct to include discrimination based on sexual orientation (the Office of Personnel Management)

SOURCE: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

city of victoria policy

• No person will be discriminated against in employment because of race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability or military status.

• If an employee is covered by the medical plan, the employee's eligible dependents can also be covered.- A spouse (as defined by the state of Texas) or a parent, brother, sister or child of the employee or the employee's spouse. - Any child under the age of 26 (including any natural child, any legally adopted child or a child placed for adoption with employee; a stepchild under the age of 26; a foster child or grandchild under age 26 if obtained by legal custody).


Nondiscrimination policies for the city of Victoria will remain unchanged as its neighbor to the west adds protection based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Victoria Human Resources Director Cheryl Marthiljohni said the city's nondiscrimination policy follows state and federal law.

As its general policies undergo an in-house review, that specific policy will stay as is, she said. Sexual orientation is already included in the nondiscrimination clause.

However, gender identity is not listed.

San Antonio City Council voted Thursday to join almost 180 other U.S. cities that have nondiscrimination ordinances prohibiting bias based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Marthiljohni said she sees a trend more at the national level than statewide for nondiscrimination policies to include sexual orientation.

Mayor Paul Polasek, who owns a software business, said the issue can become emotional for some.

He said it is not up to him to judge what someone does on their own time.

"If someone can do a great job for me, that's what I'm most concerned about - not what they do on their own time or their own preferences," he said.

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