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County updates harassment codes for employees

In keeping with recent changes in state law, Yakima County commissioners on Tuesday approved employment policy changes to include homosexuals among the groups protected from discrimination and harassment.

The state legislature passed a bill just over a year ago listing gays among the protected groups.

The county's human resources director, Linda Dixon, said the county previously had language in employee standards providing a non-discrimination and anti-harassment policy for any groups referenced by state law.

She said the decision was made to specifically list "sexual orientation" in the county employment rules because the county is in the process of providing anti-harassment training to all employees.

"We're updating our policy for employee training," she said.

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