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Survey Results Provide Insight on Nondiscrimination Bill

by Debby Dale Mason | Feb 14, 2011
As a Chamber, we often refer to ourselves as the "voice of business." This role often includes gathering input from our members on public policy issues that could impact their businesses.

Metro Council bill BL2011-838 is one such issue. The bill proposes to amend the Metropolitan Code to prohibit Metro contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity through their employment practices.

We value the fact that Nashville has a reputation as a welcoming and inclusive city with a business-friendly environment. The Chamber, in cooperation with Metro Council and other elected officials, has worked hard to earn and maintain this reputation. Nondiscrimination is important to those who live, work and invest in Nashville.

Our role in this process was, first and foremost, to research the potential effect of the proposed legislation on businesses. One of the ways we gathered information was through a survey of our members. A response rate of 12.2 percent gave us a statistically significant sample size. The results were as follows:
  • Seventy percent of members surveyed said they have a written human resources policy, and 27 percent said they have a policy that includes nondiscrimination based on sexual orientation. Of respondents whose companies have fewer than 20 employees, 40 percent have a written human resources policy, and 17 percent have a policy that includes nondiscrimination based on sexual orientation.
  • Of respondents who are currently on Metro's procurement list, 81 percent said they have a written human resources policy, and 51 percent said they have a policy that includes nondiscrimination based on sexual orientation. For those with fewer than 20 employees, 68 percent said they have a written human resources policy, and 39 percent said they have a policy that includes nondiscrimination based on sexual orientation.
  • The majority (67 percent) of respondents who are currently on Metro's procurement list said they felt it would be helpful to have additional information on the effects of this legislation.
We know that other cities have successfully implemented similar policies, but we are working to more fully understand what regulatory processes were involved in this implementation. As Metro Council considers this legislation, the Chamber’s overriding goal is to ensure that businesses of all sizes, and our city as a whole, can remain competitive.
Category: Legislative Issues

1 Comment

  1. 1 Will Kohler 24 May

    So because you took no position and worked privately with some businesses that should give you a pass?

    Tell me if this was about RACE and 40 percent have a written human resources policy, and 17 percent have a policy that includes nondiscrimination based on Race/Ethnicity would you still take no position..

    Personally I cancelled a weekend for myself and 5 of my friends this weekend in Nashville.  We all lost money on it but you know what?  Its worth it not to spend money in a city that can't be bothered in standing up for whats right and take a side.  And a state that hates us.

    Its amazing that yoiu stayed neuteral.  Especialyy since your citizens will be the most impacted and so will your tourism money.  And baby we spend more money than some right wing Christian who travels on the cheap!

    Will Kohler
    www.Back2Stonewall.com

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