From California State contract language I am reviewing:
During the performance of this Contract, Concessionaire and its employees shall not unlawfully discriminate, harass, or allow harassment against any employee, applicant for employment, or any member of the public because of sex, sexual orientation, race, color, religious creed, marital status, need for family and medical care leave, ancestry, national origin, medical condition (cancer/genetic characteristics), age (40 and above), disability (mental and physical) including HIV and AIDS, need for pregnancy disability leave, or need for reasonable accommodation.
This is at least double the length of such passages in contracts I saw 8 years ago. I wonder what the list will look like in another 10 years?
This used to be simple -- treat everyone equally. But this is no longer sufficient to conform. New groups added to the list require accommodations of one sort or another. Non-discrimination requirements have morphed for us from "treat everyone the same" to "here is a list of groups with special privileges." Generally, it's not that hard at present to fulfill but who knows how onerous it will be in a decade or two?