Nebraska City Advances Narrow Protections For Gay Employees

Last month, the City Council of Grand Island, Nebraska voted down an ordinance to add sexual orientation protections to the city’s nondiscrimination policies. In a slight reversal, the Council has now passed a narrow policy that will protect employees of the city, but will not having any impact on private employers, nor will it cover housing and public accommodations. Still, it passed with a 6-4 vote with an 8-2 vote to override a veto by Mayor Jay Vavricek. The state of Nebraska does not offer any statewide employment protections based on sexual orientation or gender identity.