Council adopted legislation expanding the city’s existing nondiscrimination law that covers public accommodations to include transgender people.

The City of Cleveland said the ordinance removes language currently in the City Code that allows business owners and employers to determine what bathroom or facilities a transgender person may or may not use.

The current code said business owners or employers are allowed to deny a patron or employee access to bathrooms, showers, locker rooms, or dressing facilities even though they are consistent with the person’s individual gender identity or expression.

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