Madison County adds transgender individuals to non-discrimination policy

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MADISON COUNTY, IL (KTVI) - On Wednesday night the Madison county board approved a move to add transgendered individuals to their non-discrimination categories in the employee handbook. The addition gives the same protections as race and religion. Some of the 29 board members were missing from the meeting but the vote still happened and passed by a big majority.

There were some citizens who opposed the move while others said it was time to simply update the county`s personnel policy to reflect state law. Some also thought leaving the term out would open the county to lawsuits.

Officials say the changes are immediate and all of their documentation will be updated to reflect new guidelines. Employees will get emails to explain the new policy. Officials also say the same human rights issue was discussed during the last Illinois session.