Raleigh, Wake County set to discuss non-discrimination ordinance

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Raleigh, Wake County set to discuss non-discrimination ordinance
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Raleigh and Wake County leaders are poised to approve a non-discrimination ordinance aimed at protecting LGBT people.

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- Raleigh and Wake County leaders are set to discuss a non-discrimination ordinance next week.

Wake County Commission Chair Matt Calabria confirmed the county will discuss on Monday a new ordinance that prohibits discrimination in employment and public accommodations based on race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, and several other characteristics.

"All people should be treated fairly and have the same opportunity to earn a living and make a life for themselves and their families," Calabria wrote on Twitter.

Raleigh City Council will discuss the ordinance on Tuesday.

At that time, they will review the county's draft and discuss potential additional protections within the city's jurisdiction.

If the county passes the ordinance at their meeting on Monday, city council will vote at their meeting on Tuesday.

In July, Raleigh became the latest Triangle city to pass an ordinance forbidding discrimination based on hairstyle or hair texture. Durham passed such an ordinance in January.

North Carolina municipalities began acting to expand LGBT rights this year after the expiration of a moratorium on anti-bias ordinances that was created during efforts to remove House Bill 2, which became known as the state's "bathroom bill."

Back in January, Hillsborough became the first municipality in the state to pass LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination protections. Chapel Hill and Carrboro followed suit.

The Associated Press contributed.