Ukraine finally approves LGBT workplace protections
Ukraine has passed a law which outlaws discrimination against LGBT people.
The law, which has been on the agenda for some time in Ukraine, updates the country’s Labour Code, to protect against discrimination.
It specifically says workplace discrimination on the basis of “race, colour, political, religious and other beliefs, sex gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnic, social and foreign origin, age, health, disability or suspected presence of HIV/AIDS, family and property status, family responsibilities, place of residence, or participation in a strike.”
It reads: “The idea is that, if a person is working, we cannot discriminate.”
The LGBT protections were only added to the bill on a sixth vote, after Parliamentary Speaker Volodymyr Hroysman had already said that the Parliament “stand[s] for family values and will never support gay marriage.”
It is widely believed that the move to outlaw LGBT discrimination is due to Ukraine wishing to join The Schengen zone, which aims to bolster free trade across Europe and allows visa free access to the EU for Ukrainian citizens.
However, the European Union has made it clear that one of the prerequisites for Ukraine joining The Schengen Zone is an anti-LGBT discrimination law.
Ukraine has a history of rejecting LGBT people. A group of LGBT activists were attacked after holding a meeting after a planned pride march had been banned.