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Leawood City Council expands non-discrimination ordinance to protect sexual orientation and gender identity

Posted at 10:06 PM, Aug 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-13 06:50:10-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Leawood, Kansas, City Council passed an ordinance expanding what classes of people are protected from discrimination within the city at their meeting Monday night.

The policy now protects categories including race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, marital status, familial status and military status.

The addition provides a process for "the acceptance, investigation and resolution of complaints of discrimination and retaliation relating to sexual orientation and/or gender identity arising hereunder."

The protections apply to employment and benefits, use of public places and housing.

Additions to protected classes come as other cities and governing bodies throughout the country expand the language of ordinances and laws to protect sexual orientation and gender identity.

The ordinance was passed unanimously. More details can be found on page 137 of Monday's meeting packet.

Editor's Note: A previous version of this story stated the ordinance was passed in Lenexa, Kansas. It has since been updated to reflect the correct city.