A bill under consideration in the Nebraska Legislature would extend anti-discrimination protection to include sexual orientation and gender identity. Alliance Defending Freedom advocates for religious freedom and testified against LB 173.
Legal Counsel Kellie Fiedorek says this law undermines the freedom of employers. She says that all laws that legislators look at should protect the freedoms of all Americans and make sure that no one is punished because of their beliefs.
Fiedorek says, “Unfortunately, what we’ve seen in other states is laws like LB 173 actually empower government to use the force of law to compel people to violate their conscious or to speak message or participate in events that violate their core convictions.”
Fiedorek adds this undermines the freedom of employers to operate consistent with their mission or even hire people best qualified for the jobs. She says, “You are inviting the heavy hand of government into private businesses to dictate how they run. Businesses should be able to hire those best qualified for the job and also best suited to advance their particular mission or values.”
Current Nebraska anti-discrimination laws protect individuals from being terminated due to race, sex, age, marital status. There are no state protections for LGBT individuals. Omaha does have an anti-discrimination ordinance in place as well as many individual businesses.