The Greensboro City Council has a virtual work session scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26 and the agenda is growing.

The original work session agenda had two items posted and that has now grown to four.

The items currently posted are life cycle planning, redistricting committee, behavioral health update and ordinance amending Chapter 12 discrimination.

For those interested in a particular item, it is worth noting that the City Council rarely follows work session agendas in order.  

There is currently no information on the website about life cycle planning, redistricting committee or the behavioral health update.  The reports and other information about work session items is usually posted shortly before the work session begins.

However, the information about the ordinance amending Chapter 12 discrimination has been posted.  One of the amendments to the ordinance that will be considered by the City Council is adding to the definitions for the terms sex, race and national origin to the existing ordinance that prohibits the denial of “equal access and discrimination in public accommodations and employment when such denial and discrimination against either individual or group is based on race, religion, color, national origin or sex.”

The proposed amendment states, “Throughout this Chapter, term ‘sex’ shall explicitly include sexual orientation, gender expression, or gender identity.  Throughout this Chapter, the terms ‘race’ and ‘national origin’ shall explicitly include discrimination on the basis of hair texture and hairstyles that are commonly associated with race or national origin.”

The proposed amendments also establish how complaints will be investigated and the procedure for determining if the ordinance has been violated.  An appeal process for that determination is also established.

The amendments also set the civil penalty for a violation of the ordinance at $500 and states, “In the case of a continuing violation, each 24-hour period in which the violation continues to exist shall constitute a separate violation. In the event the violator does not pay the civil penalty assessed within 30 days of service of the citation, the civil penalty shall be collected by the city in a civil action in the nature of a debt.”