The following story, submitted by a former Metro employee, makes a compelling case for a clear non-discrimination policy that covers sexual orientation and gender identity.
"I am a former Metro employee. I held a Director level position for approximately three years at a Metro Nashville-Davidson County Department. I came to Metro with a 20 year background working in city & county government and 15 years experience specific to my specific field. I was excited to move to Nashville and honored when I became a Metro employee. Sadly after a few years I was no longer excited. In fact, I was discouraged, disappointed, and even a little disgusted. Worst of all, I had become disconnected from who I was and what I believed in personally and professionally. My story below describes my experience and the atmosphere I faced at work which eventually led to my launching a job search, leaving Metro and ultimately Tennessee."
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