Goshen mayor to issue executive order adding sexual orientation, gender identity to protected classes in city’s hiring policy
Goshen Mayor Allan Kauffman will issue an executive order adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected classes to the city of Goshen’s hiring policy.
In a statement, Kauffman said his executive order will add “sexual orientation and gender identity” protections to the city’s hiring policy.
The policy affects some 320 current city employees and those who would seek employment by the City in the future.
What it doesn’t mandate is adherence by any other Goshen employers or businesses.
“Basically it states that the city of Goshen is welcoming and our hiring practices include everybody,” Kauffman clarified. “We’re only stating that the City itself is going to do -- that no mandates to anybody.”
Kauffman said he’s been considering the move ever since last week’s town hall meeting at the Goshen Theater that followed the City Council meeting. He said it became clear that a compromise would not be achieved in the near future.
The executive order will direct the Community Relations Commission to look into cases of alleged sexual discrimination. Kauffman is hopeful that few cases will be direction to the commission but he’ll work to make sure it has the appropriate funding, if necessary.
On Friday, the response from those who live and work inGoshen was mixed.
Some believed an executive order was the only path forward.
“Some will criticize my executive order, arguing it is not necessary to commit the (Community Relations Commission) to investigate allegations of discrimination, because there haven’t been any,” Kauffman said. “To that, I answer, of course there haven’t been any cases, because until the recent (Equal Opportunity Employment Commission) ruling, there were no grounds for such protection in the State of Indiana.”
Kauffman said there are no plans to revisit the proposed amendment to the City of Goshen’s civil rights ordinance that was tabled earlier this month.
Kauffman is a Democrat and is not seeking re-election in 2016.
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