Here’s an interesting bill introduced by Delegate Jim LeMunyon (R-67):
(HB 613) Public employment; nondiscrimination. Prohibits discrimination in public employment based on race, color, religion, political affiliation, national origin, sex, age, disability, or any other reason except reasons related to qualifications, ability, or performance.
This is apparently the response to lobbying efforts in favor of adding sexual orientation and gender identity to employment nondiscrimination language, a proposal rejected for many years by the General Assembly despite the fact that it is currently legal to fire state employees on the basis of those characteristics.
Looking at the technical amendments to the bill, there are many instances of stricken language (removal of the term “creed,” for example) and the addition of the phrase “or any other reason except reasons related to qualifications, ability, or performance.” Here’s a question for those commenters who frequently insist that any nondiscrimination language should consist of a comprehensive “no discrimination for any reason” statement rather than an always-incomplete “laundry list” of individual characteristics: Why not strike the individual characteristics (race, color, religion, political affiliation, national origin, sex, age, disability) from this bill, leaving only “based on any reason except reasons related to qualifications, ability, or performance”?
Does anyone have an argument for not doing that?
Well, that’s disappointing. I would have thought that all those folks clamoring for a policy of “no protected classes” would be all over this. Maybe it’s just a ruse.