Yesterday, May 20, 2014, the city of Pocatello held a referendum to allow its voters to decide whether to repeal its ordinance prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The people of Pocatello narrowly retained the ordinance, 4,885 voting to retain, and 4,738 voting to repeal the local ordinance.
Pocatello is currently one of seven Idaho cities with this type of local ordinance and the first to put its ordinance up for a popular vote. Other Idaho cities with similar ordinances include Boise, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Falls, Ketchum, Moscow, and Sandpoint. Lewiston’s city council is currently working on a similar ordinance.
This piecemeal legislation is potentially problematic for Idaho employers with operations in multiple cities with varying laws. Be sure that your policies and training are up to date and include any local ordinances that may apply to your business.