The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

September 17, 2013

Commission tables non-discrimination ordinance

By Dale Denwalt, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — A city ordinance meant to provide some employment protections based on sexual orientation will have to wait another two weeks for a vote.

A supporter of the measure, Ward 3 Commissioner Ben Ezzell, moved to table the ordinance until the commission’s next meeting Oct. 1.

There was disagreement among commissioners and city staff about whether the ordinance would apply to local businesses. Both Ezzell and the city attorney’s office agreed that practically, businesses still could hire or fire anyone.

Assistant City Attorney Shandi Campbell said the ordinance still would apply to every employer in Enid with more than five employees, but there would be no way for the city to enforce it.

City employees would fall under the protections, she said.

Ezzell tabled the ordinance after commissioners Mike Stuber and Ron Janzen both suggested they wouldn’t support the ordinance in its current form.

For a more in-depth report from Enid City Commission, read the story in Tuesday’s Enid News & Eagle.