Tell Senators to repeal Tennessee's Workplace Discrimination Law
  • Petitioned Senate State and Local Government Committee

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Senate State and Local Government Committee
Tennessee Governor
State Sen. Thelma Harper
State Sen. Lowe Finney
State Sen. Bill Ketron
State Sen. Joey Hensley
State Sen. Mark Norris
State Sen. Stacey Campfield
State Sen. Jack Johnson
State Sen. Ronald Ramsey
State Sen. Ken Yager
State Sen. Steven Dickerson

Tell Senators to repeal Tennessee's Workplace Discrimination Law

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Last year, the Tennessee General Assembly enacted HB600/SB632 which repealed a Metro Nashville Ordinance which provided protection from job discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity for employees of government contractors. HB600 also prohibited other local governments from enacting similar workplace protections elsewhere in Tennessee.

Supporters of HB600 were told that enacting the law would promote business in Tennessee. But Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry opposed the bill when it recognized the negative impact of the bill on business and commerce.

Local governments must be able to enact legislation that makes their communities more attractive to skilled workers and professionals and companies considering a move into the State of Tennessee. HB600/SB632 actually inhibits competition and has not been shown to promote economic growth in Tennessee.

Tell Senators to repeal Tennessee's Workplace Discrimination Law. Send a message to the Senate State and Local Government Committee to vote for SB2762!

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    1. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • John D Smith MEMPHIS, TN
      • over 2 years ago

      Despite the majority's claims that this law is intended to streamline business practices, the actual law's intent and effect is discriminatory, and if not repealed, will be shown to be discriminatory and unconstitutional.

    • Chenoa Allen ETNA, NH
      • over 2 years ago

      I have recently moved back to TN, and it is terrifying to return to a state without employment protection. I am planning on leaving again as soon as I get my degree. You're losing a highly skilled Tennesseean with this kind of discrimination.

    • Norman Beaty CROSSVILLE, TN
      • over 2 years ago

      I know of people who lost their job with the state when it was learned they were gay including myself six months short of 35 years

    • Paul Holloway SEWANEE, TN
      • over 2 years ago

      Extending bigotry to hurts children is really shameful.

    • Bud Fields COLUMBIA, TN
      • over 2 years ago

      Gender diversity in contracting and employment is a reasonable expectation of anyone wishing to do business with a community who recognizes all of its citizens. Not only is it a fair doctrine which is now also federally mandated, but it is a sincere reflection of the community potential contractors would engage in service, and should be a part of the social contract between the worker/employer and the community who makes their work possible. HB600/SB632 are just examples of a reality we do not seem to understand, or wish to face. Legislation such as this has made our State a national joke. Is this truly how we wish to be seen? This was NEVER about commerce, but about silencing the will of a community, and the voice of a people. It was bogus then, and it is bogus now. Repeal this insult to all Volunteers, as if you actually intended to be about the business of our citizens, instead of pandering to corporate interest. Vote for SB2762, and at least begin the healing process for your electors. Act, at least, as if you understand the contract under which YOU serve!


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