Some Idaho employers push to expand rights on Gender Discrimination
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The director of Idaho’s Department of Commerce says state leaders are watching to see whether business recruitment efforts are affected by the state’s lack of nondiscrimination law covering sexual orientation. Director Jeff Sayer told The Spokesman-Review that Idaho will need to be prepared if the issue develops. University of Utah law professor Clifford Rosky says in neighboring Utah, employers are pushing for a state law protecting individuals from being discriminated against over their gender identity or sexual orientation. Fifteen Utah cities and counties have already enacted local ordinances, covering nearly a third of the state’s population. In Idaho, only the city of Sandpoint bans discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.