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Chandler City Council approves policy to prohibit acts of discrimination

Dec 7, 2022, 8:00 PM
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(Facebook Photo/City Government of Chandler, Arizona)
(Facebook Photo/City Government of Chandler, Arizona)

PHOENIX – Chandler is the latest Valley city to adopt a nondiscrimination ordinance.

The Chandler City Council voted 6-1 to approve the measure during Monday’s meeting. Vice Mayor Terry Roe gave the lone no vote.

Ordinance 5039 prohibits discrimination in the East Valley suburb on the basis of “actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, marital status, and familial status in employment, places of public accommodation, and housing.”

Violators will be provided with educational material and become ineligible for city grants or contracts.

The policy includes several exemptions, including for businesses with five or fewer employees.

The ordinance also says “the prohibitions concerning marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity shall not apply to bona fide religious organizations or persons who hold bona fide religious views.”

Glendale, Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe are among the Valley cities that have similar nondiscrimination policies.

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Chandler City Council approves policy to prohibit acts of discrimination