UGA employees want gender identity protections

UGA employees want gender identity protections

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By KATHLEEN FOODY
Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - Faculty members at Georgia's largest university say they want discrimination against employees for gender identity banned more explicitly - on par with race, sex and religion.

Supporters say the change is a small one and doesn't create new protection but speaks volumes about the University of Georgia community both to current and potential students or faculty. They also say it brings the Athens campus, about 60 miles northeast of Atlanta, in line with other universities.

Opponents say the change protects sexual behavior, which shouldn't be on the same level as sex or religion.

A UGA spokeswoman says president Jere Morehead hasn't reviewed the faculty council's recommendation that gender identity be made a specific protected category. Morehead must sign the recommendation for it to become effective.

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