Bill to ban LGBT employee discrimination shelved

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- A Nebraska senator says the Legislature is only "kicking the can down the road" by continuing to allow discrimination against employees based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Lawmakers voted 26-18 Wednesday to shelve the bill that would ban workplace discrimination against members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender community.

Opponents say the measure by Sen. Adam Morfeld of Lincoln creates special classes of employees that would burden small businesses, and argue that discrimination is not a statewide problem.

Advocates say the state cannot draw talent to Nebraska's workforce without these protections.

The bill also lacked enough support to advance last year, but Morfeld says he will continue to bring the bill as long as he is senator.