October 15, 2014
On October 13, the Springfield, Missouri City Council, on a vote of 6-3, approved a bill expanding the city’s non-discrimination ordinance to include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes. Council Bill 2014-189, which went into effect immediately upon the vote, adds these protections regarding employment as well as housing and public accommodations.

While there remains a potential repeal effort by public referendum of the City Council’s action, employers with facilities located within the City of Springfield should review their employment policies for compliance with this ordinance revision and consult with their outside employment counsel for guidance.

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