HONOLULU — The Hawaii state House of Representatives today passed a bill that would protect employment discrimination on the basis of gender identity, several media outlets have reported.
The Senate had previously approved the legislation. The governor has indicated he will sign it.
HB 546 Sd1 passed in the House 45-4 with two absences.
“Today is a great day for all residents of Hawaii,” said Alan Spector, Equality Hawaii co-chair in a statement. “Providing employment protections to transgender people in Hawaii is a victory for civil rights. The people of this state should be judged on the quality of work they do and not on who they are — that’s what this legislation guarantees.”
Hawaii law already codified protections for transgender people in housing and public accommodations, and prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in employment, housing and public accommodations.