Friday, December 16, 2005

Virginia Governor adds 'sexual orientation' to Commonwealth equal opportunity rules

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According to an press release from Equality Virginia, Governor Mark Warner of Virginia has added 'sexual orientation' to the Commonwealth's equal opportunity policy. The Governors move makes employment discriminaiton based upon sexual orientation illegal within the Commonwealth of Virginia. According to the release:
“Governor Warner continues his commitment to run the Commonwealth as a smart, well-managed business. When Virginia's top employers, including 14 of the 19 Fortune 500 companies based here have non-discrimination policies that include sexual orientation, it makes sense for Virginia to do the same. To compete in the marketplace for top-notch employees, you need to offer similar policies,” said Dyana Mason, Executive Director of Equality Virginia. “Sixty members of the House of Delegates and 24 Virginia Senators have already made commitments not to discriminate in their legislative hiring. It makes sense to extend this same protection to the entire Virginia state work force.”
Gov. Warner is to be congratulated! Visit the Equality Virginia website at for more information and to send him a thank you email. Technorati Tags: , , , , ,