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Taking The First Steps Toward Expanding Discrimination Protections For LGBTQ Kansans

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Cody Newill
The Kansas Human Rights Commission announced last week that they would begin accepting complaints of discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

How the Kansas Human Rights Commission is expanding LGBTQ protections that up to now only covered workers.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this year that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. More recently, the Kansas Human Rights Commission has announced it will accept cases that could extend those discrimination protections to cover housing and public accommodations.

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