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Monday, February 24, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Ways & Means amendment to SB 367 allows state contracts to discriminate on the basis of religion

That is the gist of this preliminary story this afternoon from Tony Cook of the Indianapolis Star, who reports:

The change to Senate Bill 367, a property tax bill, would allow any school, college, or religious institution affiliated with a church to hire employees based on religion, even if they have a contact with the state. * * *

The change was offered by Rep. Eric Turner, R-Cicero, who also authored the much-debated constitutional same-sex marriage ban. * * *

Those voting against the religious discrimination provision included all of the Democrats present and Republican Rep. Dan Leonard of Huntington.

Here is the language of the amendment.

ILB: The change makes an exception to the general requirement that every contract by any level of government shall contain a provision requiring the contractor and any subcontractors not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment to be employed in the performance of such the contract, with respect to the individual's hire, tenure, terms, conditions or privileges of employment or any matter directly or indirectly related to employment, because of the individual's race, religion, color, sex, disability, national origin, or ancestry.

The new exception approved today would say that such a covenant, or assurance, is NOT required:

with respect to the individual's hire, tenure, terms, conditions or privileges of employment or any matter directly or indirectly related to employment, because of the individual's religion.
Indianapolis attorney Bill Groth points out that such discrimination is prohibited by Title VII.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 24, 2014 02:04 PM
Posted to Indiana Government