partlycloudy
Friday May 27th, 2016 4:27PM

UGA employees want gender identity protections

By The Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) -- Faculty members at Georgia's largest university say they want discrimination against employees for gender identity banned more explicitly, on par with race, sex and religion.

Supporters acknowledge the change is a small one and doesn't create new protection but said it speaks volumes about the University of Georgia community to current and potential students or faculty. It also brings the Athens campus in line with some other universities.

"It says we do not discriminate, and we do not put up with discrimination," business management professor Janine Aronson said.

A UGA spokeswoman said president Jere Morehead hasn't reviewed the faculty council's recommendation, which calls for making gender identity a specific protected category. Morehead must sign the recommendation for it to become effective.

Three other schools in the Georgia university system explicitly include gender identity in protections: Georgia Tech, Clayton State University and Georgia Perimeter College.

The recommendations at the Athens campus come amid other efforts in Georgia and the South - including a federal lawsuit against the state constitution's ban on same-sex marriage - on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

Universities have long been a starting point for workplace equality fights. Efforts to provide full domestic partner benefits stalled at UGA in recent years but advocates may raise the issue again following fall elections.

Sue Ella Deadwyler, who writes a conservative newsletter in Georgia, called the gender identity change disturbing.

"It is a biological fact we are all male and female," Deadwyler said. Protection against discrimination based on sex covers everyone, and no type of behavior should be elevated to that status, she said.

The only spoken opposition among UGA students and faculty was a legal argument that existing bans on discrimination based on sex also cover gender identity.

Aronson heard the same reasoning when she transitioned to living and working as female while employed as a professor at the Terry College of Business.

UGA officials said she was protected and could not lose her job, and Aronson believed them. But other faculty and students need more certainty, said Aronson, who identifies herself as the first transgender UGA faculty member.

"We're 220 plus years old, and we are moving into the modern century," she said.

© Copyright 2016 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Judge denies motions to move, delay Tsarnaev trial
Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to overturn a judge's decision to not move his upcoming trial out of state.
10:02PM ( 1 year ago )
High court to adopt electronic filing of cases
The Supreme Court is belatedly developing an electronic filing system similar to those used in courts around the country, Chief Justice John Roberts said Wednesday in his annual end-of-year report.
7:57PM ( 1 year ago )
Storm brings snow, cold to West for New Year's
A blustery winter storm dumped snow and ice across the West on Wednesday, making driving treacherous in the mountains from California to the Rockies and forcing residents and party-goers in some usually sun-soaked cities to bundle up for a frosty New Year's.
5:19PM ( 1 year ago )
U.S. News
State DOT awards $48M contract for NE Ga. road project
The state Department of Transportation has awarded a $47.8 million contract for nine miles of work on a northeast Georgia road.
9:37AM ( 1 year ago )
Business News
Grass fire impacts rush hour traffic on 985
Rush hour traffic on I-985 was slowed by a grass fire Wednesay afternoon with one lane closed while firefighters fought the blaze.
10:19PM ( 1 year ago )
Hall County conviction, sentencing to be reviewed by SCOGA
The State Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal of a Hall County man when they reconvene in January.
2:37PM ( 1 year ago )
Maysville man dies from Banks County wreck
The Georgia State Patrol reports that alcohol and/or drugs were factors a single-vehicle wreck that claimed the life of a Maysville man in Banks County Tuesday night.
11:07AM ( 1 year ago )
Local/State News
GOP leader regrets talk to white supremacists; party leaders rally around him
House Republican leaders rallied around one of their own, Whip Steve Scalise, on Tuesday after he said he regrets speaking 12 years ago to a white supremacist organization and condemns the views of such groups.
6:08PM ( 1 year ago )
Conviction of Putin foe sets off protest in Moscow
President Vladimir Putin's chief political foe was convicted along with his brother on Tuesday in a fraud case widely seen as a vendetta by the Kremlin, triggering one of Russia's boldest anti-government demonstrations in years.
6:03PM ( 1 year ago )
More Georgians signing up for health insurance
A federal report says more Georgians have selected health insurance plans through a federally facilitated marketplace.
4:16PM ( 1 year ago )
Politics
Amid shouts of 'shame,' House GOP defeats gay rights measure
Democrats shouted "shame," but House Republicans switched their votes and defeated a measure to protect gay rights
8:03PM ( 1 week ago )
CDC director Freiden warns GOP Zika bill is inadequate
The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Wednesday that a House GOP measure to combat the Zika virus is inadequate to deal with the swelling threat to public health
7:36PM ( 1 week ago )
Trump unveils list of his top picks for Supreme Court
Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, released Wednesday a list of 11 potential Supreme Court justices he plans to vet to fill the seat of late Justice Antonin Scalia if he's elected to the White House.
3:31PM ( 1 week ago )
1st US penis transplant could bring hope to maimed soldiers
A 64-year-old cancer patient has received the nation's first penis transplant, a groundbreaking operation that may also help U.S. veterans maimed by roadside bombs
8:04PM ( 1 week ago )
States dig in against directive on transgender bathroom use
Politicians in Texas, Arkansas and elsewhere are vowing defiance over the Obama administration's new directive on transgender bathroom use
9:19PM ( 1 week ago )