Delaware employers should prepare to add another protected characteristic to their list. Late last night, the Delaware General Assembly passed Senate Bill 121, which would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. It passed the Senate after a three-hour debate.
The bill is headed to Gov. Jack Markell for signature. The Delaware News Journal reports that Rep. Pete Schwartkopf (D-14th Dist.), who helped push the bill through the House, has said that Markell is expected to sign.
The bill had been introduced every year for the past decade without success. Five of those bills had passed the House but stalled in Senate committees. We reported on an earlier version of the bill, which passed the House in March but died in the Senate Executive Committee. A full version of the bill is linked below.