By Karl Man
May 22, 2012
After several months of discussion the city of Salina has officially changed the wording of a city ordinance dealing with discrimination.
Gender identity and sexual orientation were voted on and added by council members Monday night.
This means no one can be judged by those characteristics when renting a house or applying for a job amongst other things.
Gina McDonald heads the human relations department for the city of Salina and she has a big task at hand.
McDonald is responsible for letting all sorts of vendors and businesses in the city know about the recent ordinance change.
“Any sort of fears or concerns they may have we are happy to accommodate those”, adds McDonald.
McDonald is drafting a letter that will be sent all around the city of Salina. It basically tells businesses to stay the course and keep hiring the right people for the job…she adds the addition of gender identity and sexual orientation shouldn’t change the way a place is run.
“You do the same thing you have always which is hire the right person for the job and keep the right people you have on the job”.
The city says they are doing all that they can to get the word out about the ordinance change as fast as possible. They say that anyone who has a contract with them should be receiving a letter about the change by the end of next week.
The ordinance was first introduced by a Salina based attorney back in February.
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