Guilford County, home of the City of Greensboro (yup… my ‘neck of the woods’ for sure), has passed new employment anti-discrimination policies banning discrimination against folks based on sexual orientation.
The Guilford County Board of Commissioners have unanimously approved expanding the County’s personnel policy to provide discrimination protections based on sexual orientation.
The new policy, which will protect county employees from discrimination, was adopted at the Commissioners’ March 15 meeting.
Equality NC applauds the work of local leaders in securing this change, including Bob Page and Gary Palmer of Replacements Ltd., who have been working towards this goal for several years.
Guilford County joins Orange, Durham, and Mecklenburg County, as well as the towns of Bessemer City, Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Durham, Greensboro, and Raleigh, which already have such policies in place. Only Carrboro and Chapel Hill have policies inclusive of gender identity or expression.
“The growing number of communities across our state, as well as major employers, who have adopted anti-discrimination policies should send a strong signal to our state leaders that the time has come to ensure that all employees deserve a workplace free of discrimination and harassment,” said Ian Palmquist, Executive Director.
So really now… How long is it going to take before my hometown of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County wise up and realize that its Piedmont/Triad area sister is passing them up? When are we going to finally realize that unless we make some changes that Winston-Salem will one day be nothing more than a back-woods town with no economic, political or social influence in the State of North Carolina whatsoever?