Delaware’s Equal Accommodations Law (“DEAL”) prevents discrimination against people because of their race, age, marital status, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or national origin.
Senate Bill 63 would prohibit retaliation against anyone who opposes any act or practice that violated the DEAL and anyone who contributes to the investigation or prosecution of an alleged violator.
Such anti-retaliation language appears in many other states’ versions of the equal accommodations laws, but Delaware’s law lacks it. So this revision of the law will bring our anti-discrimination in accomodations law in line with the consensus in the nation.
The Senate passed the bill 16-0-5 and House followed suit on the final day of the session, by a unanimous vote of 41-0.
WHERE IS THE BILL NOW? Passed the House 41-0 and Senate 16-05. Sent to Govenror
DEMOCRATIC SPONSORS – Hansen, Griffith, Lynn, Paradee, Sokola, Sturgeon, Townsend, Baumbach, Brady, Chukwuocha, Heffernan, Mitchell, Seigfried
REPUBLICAN SPONSORS – Delcollo, Ramone, Michael Smith
YES VOTES – HOUSE — Baumbach Bennett Bentz Bolden Brady Briggs King Bush Carson Chukwuocha Collins Cooke D.Short Dorsey Walker Dukes Gray Griffith Heffernan Hensley Jaques K.Johnson K.Williams Kowalko Longhurst Lynn Matthews Michael Smith Minor-Brown Mitchell Morris Osienski Postles Q.Johnson Ramone Schwartzkopf Seigfried Shupe Smyk Spiegelman Vanderwende Viola Yearick||| SENATE — Bonini Brown Cloutier Delcollo Ennis Hansen Hocker McBride McDowell Paradee Pettyjohn Poore Sokola Sturgeon Walsh Wilson
NO VOTES – HOUSE — None ||| SENATE — None
ABSENT – Lawson, Lockman, Lopez, Richardson, Townsend