This sidebar appeared with the story: Initiative 677 wouldn’t require hiring quotas, Initiative 677 would: Guarantee the same employment rights for Washington residents, regardless of sexual orientation. Prohibit employers, employment agencies and labor organizations from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation when hiring, firing or promoting employees. (The measure exempts businesses with fewer than eight employees, as well as nonprofit religious organizations.) The initiative contains language stating it would not require employee partner benefits, establish quotas or require preferential treatment based on sexual orientation.
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