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Documenting Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in State Employment bannerUCLA

Texas – Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Documentation of Discrimination


There are no state laws in Texas that prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, although five of Texas’s six largest cities have local ordinances partially banning such discrimination in specific contexts.1 State legislators have repeatedly introduced bills at the state level to add sexual orientation and/or gender identity as protected classes in various contexts, although none of these bills has left the committee stage.

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