"Special Access to Discriminate" Bill Passes Senate

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Yesterday, the Tennessee Senate approved SB632, known by equality advocates as the "Special Access to Discriminate" Bill. This means that employees who work for local government contractors in the state will have no legal protections from workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

An amendment to the bill must be passed by the House, but then the bill will go to Governor Bill Haslam's desk. He has the option to veto, and the Tennessee Equality Project is urging people to contact Haslam with their concerns.

If signed into law, the bill would repeal LGBT-inclusive workplace protections passed by Nashville's Metro government in April.

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