Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Nevada Passes New Law Prohibiting Discrimination Based on Gender Identity

Nevada has passed a new law prohibiting employers from discriminating against employees based on gender identity or expression. “Gender identity or expression” is defined as “gender-related identity, appearance, expression or behavior of a person, regardless of the person’s assigned sex at birth.” The law becomes effective Oct. 1, 2011, and applies to state and municipal employers, as well as private sector employers with at least 15 employees. Nevada joins more than a dozen other states in protecting gender identity and expression. Employers in Nevada should review this new law with their human resource professionals and managers to ensure that handbooks and policies are in compliance with the new law.

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