Eric Crafton filed a series of amendments to the proposed Metro nondiscrimination ordinance, which, if passed, would protect Metro workers from being fired or discriminated against for a variety of reasons including their weight.
The ordinance, introduced by at-large Councilwoman Megan Barry and co-sponsored by nine other members, would make it unlawful to discriminate against Metro workers or those applying for employment with the government based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Crafton’s amendments would add more protected classes to the list as well. Crafton is proposing to protect workers based on their weight, height, status as a veteran of the military and political party affiliation.
Crafton also filed an amendment which explicitly states the update to the nondiscrimination ordinance shall not be interpreted “to give an employee a right to partner medical insurance or pension benefits.”
Already the Metro nondiscrimination ordinance protects workers and those applying for employment on the basis of color, race, religion, gender and disability.
The ordinance only applies to Metro workers and not the private sector.
The proposal is shaping up to be a tough battle on Council and the bill has a decent chance of being deferred tonight on second reading.
Mayor Karl Dean has already thrown his support behind Barry’s ordinance and the Metro Human Relations Commission, which would record and investigate claims of discrimination, said earlier this week it supports the ordinance as well.