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Charter Amendment No. 7

Prohibiting Discrimination on the Basis of Family Caregiver, Military or Veteran Status

 

Shall Section 840 of the King County charter be amended to prohibit discrimination in county employment and in county contracting with nongovernmental entities on the basis of status as a family caregiver, military status or status as a veteran who was honorably discharged or who was discharged solely as a result of the person's sexual orientation or gender identity or expression?

 

Yes

No


Currently, Section 840 of the King County charter prohibits discrimination in county employment and county contracting with nongovernmental entities based on the following statuses: sex, race, color, national origin, religious affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and age except by minimum age and retirement provisions.

If adopted, Charter Amendment No. 7 would add the following to the list of statuses for which discrimination in county employment and contracting with nongovernmental entities is prohibited: (1) status as a family caregiver; (2) military status; and (3) status as a veteran who was honorably discharged or who was discharged solely as a result of the person's sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

This proposal is about protecting working families and military veterans from discrimination in the workplace. The King County Charter Review Commission recommended that the King County Charter be amended to prohibit the County from discriminating against certain vulnerable groups in County hiring or contracting. These include workers with family caregiving responsibilities, honorably discharged veterans, and others discharged solely because of their LGBTQ status. The King County Council unanimously agreed, forwarding this issue to voters.

We urge a “yes” vote on this needed change to the County Charter.

Many workers are struggling with the very real implications of having an elderly parent, infant child, or child with special needs who requires care. They are constantly balancing the need to work but also provide adequate care for their families, a problem only worsened by the COVID crisis. If we fail to protect working families, history tells us that women, Black, Indigenous and people of color will bear the disproportionate brunt of any loss of wages or jobs. In addition, veterans who’ve answered our nation’s call to duty must also be protected and honored, not discriminated against.  

Vote “yes” to outlaw discrimination against working families and veterans in King County. 

Marcos Martinez, Rob Saka, Ed Solseng

No statement submitted.

Statements in favor of and in opposition to a ballot measure are submitted by committees appointed by the jurisdiction. No persons came forward to serve on the committee and to write a statement in opposition. If you would like to be involved with a committee in the future please contact the jurisdiction.

Simple Majority (King County Charter, Section 800)

For questions about this measure, contact: Patrick Hamacher, Director of Council Initiatives, 
(206) 477-0880, patrick.hamacher@kingcounty.gov

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