Rep. Mike Villarreal Files Legislation to Prevent Gay/Transgender Bias in the Workplace 12/3/12
Equality Texas Press Release
December 3, 2012
AUSTIN – State Representative Mike Villarreal of San Antonio today filed legislation [HB 238] to amend the Texas Labor Code in order to provide equal employment protections for gay and transgender employees.
Rep. Villarreal's legislation does not create a new statute. It simply adjusts the existing Texas Labor Code to protect gay and transgender employees, just as it currently protects people based on race, religion, sex, national origin, and disability.
Employment protections enjoy mainstream and corporate support. Most major Texas-based companies already extend employment protections to their gay and transgender workers, including American Airlines, AT&T, BMC Software, Clear Channel Communications, Comerica, Dell, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, JCPenney, Nokia, Rackspace, Shell, Spectra Energy, Southwest Airlines, Texas Instruments, and Whole Foods Market.