Target: Premier Brad Wall, Saskatchewan Party
Goal: Praise government’s efforts to stop discrimination against LGBT persons
Discrimination based on gender identity will soon become illegal under a new amendment to the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code. The law will also see fines and monetary damages for discrimination suits increased to $10,000 for first offenses and $25,000 for subsequent offenses. If the new amendment passes, the transsexual community can look forward to full legal protection against bias in the workplace or in public.
While such discrimination has been met with successful lawsuits in the past, there remains a legal grey area in which trans people are not explicitly protected. Experts say that this has discouraged some transgender persons from seeking legal recompense when they have been discriminated against.
Saskatchewan is joining Ontario, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island in lending specific protection to the transgender community in its human rights codes. Proponents of the LGBT equality movement are calling these changes “monumental.” The amendment would also repeal a loophole that allows landlords to refuse tenants solely based on sexual orientation. This exemption stipulates that if the tenant’s suite or duplex is attached to the property owner’s home, the owner may choose not to rent to LGBT persons.
Saskatchewan’s new amendments will help ensure that the LGBT community has everything it needs to combat discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation, as well as take away some of the stress that LGBT persons feel when finding a new home. Sign the petition below to praise the introduction of the new bill, and show your support of it passing.
Dear Premier Brad Wall,
The Saskatchewan party recently introduced a bill that would give transgender persons explicit protection under the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code. The amendment would also raise the fines for discriminatory offenses to $10,000 for the first offense and $25,000 for subsequent offenses. The amount of money that may be awarded in court to those that are victimized has also been raised. The amendment also seeks to close a loophole that allows property owners to discriminate against tenants based on sexual orientation.
If passed, these amendments will greatly improve the trans community’s chances of successfully fighting discrimination and take away some of the worry that LGBT people face when looking to rent a home. We, the undersigned, extend our support of this bill and commend those who introduced it.
[Your Name Here]
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