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Discrimination

Guest opinion: Nondiscrimination ordinance should be fully inclusive

The Billings City Council is contemplating a fully inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance. But many do not understand the full impact of what “fully inclusive” means and what it means to the transgender community if it does not fully address the concerns of safety, security and dignity for all of us.

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Gazette opinion: That's not what the NDO would do

Gazette opinion: That's not what the NDO would do

In a future editorial, we'll discuss the need for the Billings City Council to pass the proposed nondiscrimination ordinance.

July 25, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Guest opinion: All people in Billings deserve equal rights, not special rights

There is a part of the nondiscrimination argument that I cannot get behind anymore. And it is coming from supporters of the ordinance.

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Gazette opinion: Move forward on Billings nondiscrimination law

Gazette opinion: Move forward on Billings nondiscrimination law

Last Monday, the first time the council took a look at a draft nondiscrimination ordinance, all sorts of delay tactics were dragged out: Have voters decide, have the attorney general decide, refer it to a committee.

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Gazette opinion: Marathon meeting puts council back on right track

Gazette opinion: Marathon meeting puts council back on right track

At the end of the longest City Council meeting in Billings’ history, the council majority did the right thing. They voted to start reviewing a draft nondiscrimination ordinance at the June 16 work session.

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Billings City Council votes 7-4 to reopen nondiscrimination ordinance

Billings City Council votes 7-4 to reopen nondiscrimination ordinance

Billings’ nondiscrimination ordinance is right back where it started — on the city council’s agenda for the June 16 work session.

June 10, 2014 6:30 am Photos

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Guest opinion: State law prohibits cities from banning discrimination

The city of Billings is considering a non-discrimination ordinance similar to those adopted by Missoula, Helena, Butte and Bozeman. It is my opinion that the foregoing self-government cities acted in excess of their legal authority. My purpose is to point out how the enactment of such an ord…

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Guest opinion: 'Former felons' celebrate change in MT code

A year ago this week, Gov. Steve Bullock signed Senate Bill 107, repealing an archaic state law that made it a felony to be in a same-sex relationship in the state of Montana, a “crime” punishable by fines of up to $50,000 and 10 years in jail.

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Gazette opinion: Do citizens need city protection from bias?

The most heated city hall debate this spring is on an issue that isn’t scheduled to come before the Billings council till June.

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Pondering which people need protection: City to draft nondiscrimination rule

Pondering which people need protection: City to draft nondiscrimination rule

Nearly three years ago, Rebecca Douglas left Seattle for Billings not knowing quite what kind of welcome she’d receive.

April 06, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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Employee rights case against firm heads to hearing

An investigation by the Montana Human Rights Bureau has determined that a Helena employee of CTA Architects has “reasonable cause” to believe the company discriminated against her because of health conditions.

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Yellowstone County settles complaint against district court clerk

Yellowstone County settles complaint against district court clerk

Yellowstone County has settled a discrimination complaint filed by a former employee against her boss, Clerk of District Court Kristie Boelter, and the county for $25,000, admitting no wrongdoing but agreeing to training.

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Group to discuss possible nondiscrimination ordinance

An informational meeting on the possible effects of a nondiscrimination ordinance that’s scheduled to be considered by the Billings City Council this summer will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, at Billings Beartooth Harley Davidson, 6900 Interstate 90 Frontage Road.

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Missoula County settles discrimination complaint

MISSOULA — Missoula County commissioners have approved a $120,000 settlement for two deputies who alleged the sheriff discriminated against them when one announced plans to run for sheriff.

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Fired teacher's lawyer won similar case in Ohio

BUTTE – The lawyer for an unwed Butte Central teacher who was fired because she got pregnant won a similar case against an archdiocese in Ohio last year.

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Investigator says Missoula deputy faced discrimination

MISSOULA — An investigator for the Montana Human Rights Bureau has found reasonable cause to believe a Missoula County sheriff's deputy faced discrimination and retaliation because of his support of a co-worker's candidacy for sheriff.

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Butte drafting anti-discrimination ordinance

BUTTE — The Butte-Silver Bow Council of Commissioners has asked the county attorney to draft an ordinance that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Report on jail discrimination charge finds 'reasonable cause'

A state investigation into a former Yellowstone County jail detention officer’s discrimination complaint found “reasonable cause” to believe discrimination happened in two of the officer’s three complaints.

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Yellowstone County and former jail worker settle discrimination case for $101,500

Yellowstone County and a former jail detention officer recently settled a discrimination case for $101,500 after the employee alleged sexual harassment and discrimination because she is hearing-impaired.

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Former deputy court clerk files complaint against boss

Former deputy court clerk files complaint against boss

A former employee has filed a complaint against Yellowstone County Clerk of Court Kristie Boelter, claiming Boelter discriminated and retaliated against her because she supported Boelter’s opponent in last year’s election.

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