New Hampshire Expands Anti-Discrimination Law to Include Transgender People

On May 2, 2018, the New Hampshire Senate passed bill HB 1319, which updates the state’s anti-discrimination laws to prohibit discrimination against the state’s transgender residents. Gov. Sununu has indicated his intention to sign the bill into law.

The state’s anti-discrimination law bans discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations and already prohibits discrimination based on “age, sex, race, creed, color, marital status, familial status, physical or mental disability, or national origin.” Once the bill is signed by the governor, New Hampshire will become the 21st state to extend the protected class designation to include gender identity.

NH employers shouldn’t treat transgender people differently with regard to health plan offerings and other benefits, and should work with outside counsel on overall compliance with the new law.

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