July 30, 2013

WACO - Waco may be just the sixth city in Texas to add equal opportunity employment protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people.

There are currently only five cities in Texas that offers this type of employment protection. The short list of cities includes Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, Houston and San Antonio.

Friday, Waco's Equal Employment Opportunity Advisory Committee voted unanimously to approve the change to the city's equal employee opportunity policy. It would add "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" as protected classes in the city's manual and would only apply to city employees.

That means city employers couldn't discriminate against gays or transgender.

Local LGBT activist Carmen Saenz says, "I have never had a problem with any employer but the people that are feeling discriminated against because there's no protection. [They] are not really going to come out to their employer especially if they think their employer is not LGBT friendly."