The governor of Puerto Rico, Alejandro Garcia Padilla, has approved legislation which will safeguard LGBT people against discrimination in employment matters.
Padilla credited lawmakers for passing the proposal which will ensure individuals do not suffer a bias based on gender or sexual orientation.
Resistance from religious groups meant that proposed clauses banning discrimination for property rentals, commercial transactions and public transportation were omitted from the bill.
A previous bill, introduced in 2009, covered protections based on sexual orientation alone but did not pass Puerto Rico’s Senate. Many government bodies in the US territory have policies of non-discrimination, but LGBT activists argued that these are not rigidly enforced.
The law passed by Governor Garcia now includes safeguards for transgender individuals and includes a separate bill covering domestic violence protections for LGBT couples.