City of Laramie, Wyoming Passes Ordinance Protecting Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Last Wednesday, the City of Laramie, Wyoming passed an ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. Laramie is the place where, in 1998, Matthew Shepard, a gay man and University of Wyoming undergraduate student, was murdered.

The ordinance applies to employers and their agents in the City of Laramie who have one or more employees for each working day in each of 20 or more calendar weeks in the current or preceding calendar year. Employers cannot refuse to hire, discharge, promote or demote, or discriminate in compensation or other terms of employment.

Sexual orientation and gender identity or expression currently are not protected under Wyoming state law.