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Park City Mayor: Nondiscrimination Ordinance a Go

Park City will likely become the second Utah city to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender residents from housing and employment discrimination later this month.

The move will come exactly one month after Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker signed the capital city’s ordinance, which forbids employers of more than 15 people and landlords who own more than four rental units from discriminating against employees and tenants on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Smaller businesses and residences, as well as businesses and housing owned by religious organizations, are exempt from the ordinance, which is scheduled to take effect April 2, 2010.

Shortly after Becker signed the ordinance, Park City Mayor Dana Williams forwarded a copy to the city’s legal department and five-member council. After some informal talks with councilmembers, Williams said the council determined it was ready to approve the ordinance at its Dec. 17 meeting.

“We’re not even putting it into a work session” to discuss it, he said. “This was a no-brainer.”

Previously, Williams told QSaltLake that the city has had an “internal” nondiscrimination code for several years, and that instances of housing and employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity within city limits are rare — he noted he had never heard “first hand” of such a case happening.

Like Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County, Park City also offers health benefits to city employees’ domestic partners, and has for the last two years.

 

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