Jan 11, 2017
ASHBURN, VA -- In a 5-4 vote Tuesday night, the Loudoun County School Board rejected a proposal to add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the protected characteristics listed in its equal employment policy.
Instead, the board voted unanimously to add a paragraph stating the school system hires based on excellence and merit, and values diversity in employees and students. ACLU and others had asked the board to go beyond the requirements of Virginia and federal law and add additional categories of “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.” These categories would have violated Virginia’s “Dillon rule” which requires local nondiscrimination laws to not be more stringent than the state law. State law does not include “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression.”
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