FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 3, 2015
Kevin Nix, Director of Communications, Houston Unites | Kevin(at)Houstonunites.org
Anna Núñez | Anna(at)Houstonunites.org
HOUSTON – Ahead of Labor Day weekend, Houston Unites is putting the spotlight on all hardworking Houstonians who face employment discrimination – not because of job performance but because of who they are. Proposition 1, the Equal Rights Ordinance, would provide all Houstonians a local tool to end discrimination they face on the job based on race, religion, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
“If you are subject to racial discrimination in the workplace in Houston, in most cases you literally have to make a costly, long drawn-out federal case out of it,” said Richard Shaw, Secretary-Treasurer of the Harris County AFL-CIO Council. “The Equal Rights Ordinance is a needed local tool to help protect all employees when they are treated unfairly by bad-apple employers. All employees treated fairly and equally, judged on their job performance – nothing more, nothing less. Vote Yes on Proposition 1.”
Houston is the last major city in Texas to enact these protections. Dallas, El Paso and Fort Worth have had nondiscrimination protections on the books for over a decade.
Houston Equal Rights Ordinance ensures that a broad range of hardworking Houstonians – regardless of race, age, gender, orientation, pregnancy, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or military status – has the opportunity to earn a living, without fear of discrimination.
The Greater Houston Partnership reiterated its support for the Equal Rights Ordinance last month. Many Fortune 500 companies and small businesses in Texas – as well as the Houston Super Bowl Committee – have gone on record this year supporting equality for all Texans, including those who are gay and transgender.
“If we fail to protect HERO in November, we’re sending a clear message to the rest of the country that we aren’t a business-friendly destination,” said Bobby Singh, principal at Isani Consultants in Houston. “Every person in our city deserves the chance to be successful and to live and work without fear of discrimination.”
Houston Unites is the coalition working to elevate the diversity of voices supporting HERO. The leading coalition partners include: ACLU of Texas, Equality Texas, Freedom For All Americans, Human Rights Campaign, NAACP Houston Branch and Texas Freedom Network.