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H.865

AN ACT RELATING TO NONDISCRIMINATION

The Senate proposes to the House to amend the bill as follows:

First:  By striking out Sec. 1 of the bill in its entirety and renumbering the remaining sections

Second:  By striking out the new Sec. 1 and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Sec. 1.  1 V.S.A. § 144 is added to read:

§ 144.  GENDER IDENTITY OR EXPRESSION

The term “gender identity or expression” means an individual’s actual or perceived gender-related identity, appearance, expression, or behavior, regardless of the individual’s assigned sex at birth.

Third:  In the new Sec. 14, by striking out subsection (a) in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof:

(a)  An owner or operator of a place of public accommodation or an agent or employee of such owner or operator shall not, because of the race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, sex or, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression of any person,:

(1)  refuse, withhold from, or deny to that person any of the accommodations, advantages, facilities, and privileges of the place of public accommodation; or

(2)  make, print, or publish, or cause to be made, printed, or published any notice, statement, or advertisement with respect to the advantages, facilities, and privileges of the place of public accommodation, that indicates any preference, limitation, or discrimination.

Fourth:  In Sec. 19, 21 V.S.A. § 495, by amending subsection (e) and adding subsection (g) as follows:

(e)  The provisions of this section prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression shall not be construed to prohibit or prevent any religious or denominational institution or organization, or any organization operated for charitable or educational purposes, which is operated, supervised, or controlled by or in connection with a religious organization, from giving preference to persons of the same religion or denomination or from taking any action with respect to matters of employment which is calculated by the organization to promote the religious principles for which it is established or maintained.

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(g)  Notwithstanding any provision of this subchapter, an employer shall retain the right to establish and enforce nondiscriminatory and reasonable dress codes appropriate to the workplace.

 



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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