Debate to Resume Monday on Anti-Discrimination Bill


Debate will resume Monday on a bill aimed at protecting Nebraskans against being discriminated against by employers based on their sexual orientation.

The measure would ban employee discrimination based on the sexual orientation or gender identity. It would apply to public employees, government contractors and private companies with 15 or more workers. Religious organizations, including schools, would be exempt.

Lawmakers began debate on the bill Thursday before adjourning for the weekend. It is facing some resistance in the Legislature.

Sen. Beau McCoy of Omaha says it could force companies to violate their own religious beliefs, or risk losing their business.

Sen. Danielle Conrad of Lincoln, who introduced the bill, says no one should be fired for who they are or who they love.