The Memphis City Council's Personnel, Intergovernmental and Annexation Committee recommended passage of an Employment Non-Discrimination Ordinance that includes LGBT-inclusive workplace protections and a Resolution calling for the City of Memphis Department of Human Resources to conduct a study of discrimination based non-merit factors, including sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.
Council Committee members present at the meeting included sponsor Shea Flinn, Janis Fullilove, Edmund Ford, Jr., and Committee Chairperson Jim Strickland. Council members Bill Morrison and Barbara Swearengen Ware were not present. None of the committee members voted against either the ordinance or resolution.
Councilman Shea Flinn has requested the City's Director of Human Resources to include representives of Tennessee Equality Project and Family Action Council of Tennessee in the development of the study to address concerns about objectivity, impartiality and confidentiality.
The Study Resolution and ENDO will appear on the Nov. 9 agenda of the full Memphis City Council. The study resolution requires only one reading and can be enacting on that day. The ENDO will appear on the Consent Agenda for the first of three readings on Nov. 9. Councilman Flinn plans to request delay of the third reading of the ENDO until the findings of the study are reported back to the Memphis City Council