Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Kansas Governor Eliminates Anti-Discrimination Protection For LGBT State Employees

Yesterday Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback issued executive orders narrowing employment discrimination protections for state employees.  As reported by the Wichita Eagle and a press release from the governor's office, Brownback replaced former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' employment practices order with a new one.  The new executive order eliminates the former ban on state employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, while continuing to ban various other types of discrimination.  According to the Governor:
This Executive Order ensures that state employees enjoy the same civil rights as all Kansans without creating additional ‘protected classes’ as the previous order did, Any such expansion of ‘protected classes’ should be done by the legislature and not through unilateral action.