6/17/10

DART Board Member Raymond Noah Gut's Gender Amendment Screws Gays: TAKE ACTION!

Dallas Area Rapid Transit's final draft gender inclusive nondiscrimination proposal had a word added in the last moments while the Committee had there Mic's turned down, effectively making it a regulation PERMITTING discrimination against GLBT people in the workplace not expressly forbade by state and national laws.

Another words? Sans ENDA, Texas being a "AT WILL" state this amendment allows DART to discriminate, officially and legally.



At the 35 second mark board member Raymond Noah, who has opposed this amendment asked that the word "and" be changed to "except" which was rubber stamped by committee. Ken Upton at Lambda Legal commented that,

“They just screwed you guys over royally,” Upton said. “By adding that word in there, they’ve said we can discriminate all we want. It’s exactly the opposite of what they promised they were doing.”


The DART nondiscrimination policy only needed the inclusion of the words "Gender Identity/Expression to make DART a organization that protects equally transgender people in the work place. Instead DART has manipulated the amendments language in a way that it ultimately denies transgender and gay people protection!

Please contact these Dallas City Council Members BEFORE the June 22 board meeting and ask they relay your concerns about the amendment to the DART Board.

Sample email

Dear Councilmember ,

Please pass my concerns to the DART board that the work that the GLBT community has done in good faith has been for naught.

The DART nondiscrimination policy only needed the inclusion of the words "Gender Identity/Expression to make DART a organization that protects equally transgender people in the work place. Instead DART has manipulated the amendments language in a way that it ultimately denies transgender and gay people protection.

Thank you
[your name]

Councilmember Pauline Medrano
Deputy Mayor Pro Tem
Email
Phone: 214-670-4048
Fax: 214-670-3409


David A. Neumann
Email
Phone: 214-670-0776
Fax: 214-670-5117

Delia Jasso
Email
Phone: 214-670-4052
Fax: 214-670-5117

Linda Koop
Email
Phone: 214-670-7817
Fax: 214-670-5117

2 comments:

Monica Roberts said...

Um Kelli...may want to check the wording of the petition.

While accurate in this situation, you probably need to change the word 'protests' to 'protects'

Kelli Anne Busey said...

Thanks Monica, Guess we've been doing so much protesting for so little protections....