Metro non-discrimination policy subject of new Chamber survey

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The Nashville Chamber of Commerce has issued a short survey to its members regarding the non-discrimination policy proposed by Metro Council.

The Contract Accountability Non-Discrimination Ordinance would require vendors doing business with Metro government to have a non-discrimination policy related to sexual orientation and gender identity.

Councilmen Jamie Hollin and Mike Jameson introduced the bill last December following the controversial departure of Belmont soccer coach Lisa Howe. On January 18, Metro Council voted 22 to 13 in favor of the proposed legislation during its first reading.

The bill is up for second reading on Tuesday, February 15. Nearly 60 local organizations and businesses have pledged their support in the Tennessee Equality Project‘s CANDO campaign to raise awareness of the cause.

From the Chamber’s press release:

As we assess issues and potential legislation that can impact business, the Nashville Area Chamber is seeking input from our members. Regardless of whether or not your company is a Metro vendor, we would appreciate any information you can provide about the operation of your business related to personnel policies.

The short survey (less than 10 questions) is due by Wednesday, Feb. 9. Individual responses are confidential and will only be used in the aggregate.

Questions or comments about the proposed legislation or the survey can be directed to dmason@nashvillechamber.com.