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Rada Committee Includes 'Gender Identity' In Draft Labor Code's 'Anti-Discrimination Provision' Ahead Of Secon

Rada Committee Includes 'Gender Identity' In Draft Labor Code's 'Anti-Discrimination Provision' Ahead Of Second Reading

Verkhovna Rada, Labor Code, gender identity

The Parliamentary Committee on Social Policy, Employment, and Pensions included the term "gender identity" in the provision on prohibition of discrimination in the workplace on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity when preparing the draft Labor Code for its second reading in the parliament.

The relevant decision was made at a meeting of the committee on Tuesday, Ukrainian News Agency reports.

"Add the words 'sexual orientation and gender identity,'" the committee's head Liudmyla Denysova (People's Front faction) said in her proposal.

Four of the seven members of the committee backed this proposal.

This amendment bans any discrimination in the workplace, including direct or indirect restriction of the rights of workers based on race, gender, political, religious, and other beliefs, sexual orientation and gender identity, age, health status, suspicion of or infection with HIV/AIDS, family and property status, place of residence, participation in a strike, appeal or intention to appeal to a court or other bodies for protection of rights, and linguistic or other grounds not related to the nature of work or working conditions.

According to First Deputy Parliament Speaker Iryna Heraschenko, who is one of the authors of the amendment, this provision, particularly in this wording, was included in fulfillment of Ukraine's obligations to the European Union, particular for liberalization of the European Union's visa procedures for Ukrainian citizens.

This decision by the committee provoked a strong reaction from the audience.

In particular, Parliamentary Deputy Yurii Levchenko (independent) said that the committee had no right to review its decision and that it was unconstitutional.

At the same time, committee member Nataliya Korolevska (Opposition Bloc faction) said that the committee had not made any decision.

The committee's secretariat staff told Ukrainian News Agency that the decision was adopted, anyway.

Denysova confirmed this information.

After that, members of the committee began leaving the meeting under the cries of "Shame."

As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, the parliament adopted the first reading of the new version of the Labor Code on November 5, 2015.

At the same time, the parliament refused to adopt the amendment to this draft document that prohibits discrimination against workers based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

At the same time, the parliament made the relevant amendment to the Labor Code and undertook to make provision for it when adopting the new version of the Labor Code.

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