Ordinance to forbid city employees from harassing colleagues stalls

Chris Anderson

A proposed ordinance to bar city employees from harassing colleagues based on their sexual orientation or gender identity has been stalled a week.

The ordinance, proposed by Councilmen Chris Anderson and Moses Freeman, was on the agenda for a first reading vote next week, but it has been pushed back after Councilman Chip Henderson raised issues during a strategic planning meeting that the council's procedures weren't being followed.

The language of the ordinance is very similar to part of an ordinance Anderson introduced more than a year and a half ago that would bar discrimination based on sexual orientation and extend health benefits to the domestic partners of gay and lesbian city employees.

The City Council in 2013 passed the ordinance in a split vote, but voters ultimately struck the law down in a city referendum in August 2014.