Delaware Employment Discrimination Law May Get Amended

Delaware’s employment discrimination law is a step closer towards being amended. On March 26, 2009, a bill was introduced to the Delaware House of Representatives that proposes to add the term “sexual orientation” to the already-existing list of prohibited practices of discrimination in Delaware. If enacted, the legislation would forbid discrimination against a person on the basis of sexual orientation in housing, employment, public works contracting, public accommodations, and insurance. In addition, the proposed legislation provides that Delaware’s Superior Court (its trial court) would, in the first instance, hear and adjudicate alleged criminal violations of equal accommodations, fair housing and employment discrimination.