TEXAS to decide fate of Gender inclusive “ENDA” HB508

: Villarreal H.B. No. 538
 
   A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
   AN ACT
   relating to the prohibition of employment discrimination on the 
   basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
          BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
          SECTION 1.  Section 21.002, Labor Code, is amended by adding 
   Subdivisions (9-a) and (13-a) to read as follows:
                (9-a)  “Gender identity or expression” means having or 
   being perceived as having a gender-related identity, appearance, 
   expression, or behavior, whether or not that identity, appearance, 
   expression, or behavior is different from that commonly associated 
   with the person’s actual or perceived sex.
                (13-a)  “Sexual orientation” means the actual or 
   perceived status of an individual with respect to the individual’s 
   sexuality.
          SECTION 2.  Section 21.051, Labor Code, is amended to read as 
   follows:
          Sec. 21.051.  DISCRIMINATION BY EMPLOYER.  An employer 
   commits an unlawful employment practice if because of race, color, 
   disability, religion, sex, national origin, [or] age, sexual 
   orientation, or gender identity or expression the employer:
                (1)  fails or refuses to hire an individual, discharges 
   an individual, or discriminates in any other manner against an 
   individual in connection with compensation or the terms, 
   conditions, or privileges of employment; or
                (2)  limits, segregates, or classifies an employee or 
   applicant for employment in a manner that would deprive or tend to 
   deprive an individual of any employment opportunity or adversely 
   affect in any other manner the status of an employee. 

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