Martinsburg City Council to Discuss LGBT Workplace Discrimination

Jul 28, 2015

Credit Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Members of the Martinsburg City Council are expected to take up an ordinance Wednesday that will prohibit discrimination against the LGBT community in their city.

The Martinsburg City Council will discuss a measure to prohibit housing and employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Right now, five cities across West Virginia have adopted city or town ordinances that prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation in the workplace. No protections currently exist on the state level.

Members of the state House of Delegates attempted to take up a bill this past session to prohibit cities from passing protective ordinances, but received criticism from many groups, including members of the state Senate, and pulled the bill.

The Martinsburg City Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 29, at 5:00 p.m. at City Hall in the City Council Chambers.