De Pere, Wisconsin, a suburb of Green Bay has set a March 1 enactment date for its ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and other non listed protected classes under state and federal law. However, the measure is facing legal and legislative challenges. While Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act does not specifically mention sexual orientation as part of sex discrimination, Federal Courts are split on whether sexual orientation is protected. The Seventh Circuit was the first circuit court to rule that the federal law does cover sexual orientation discrimination. The Second Circuit recently followed suit in February as reported above. Five area churches and a Christian radio station filed a lawsuit on February 22 attempting to block the ordinance. The lawsuit claims the ordinance does not accommodate free exercise of religion because it would bar them from making employment decisions and facility access based on whether groups or individuals act according to their Christian teachings. In addition to the lawsuit, there is a bill in the Wisconsin state legislature that would effectively block De Pere and other local jurisdictions from implementing a wide range of workplace-related measures. Those measures would include discrimination, minimum wage, unions and worker scheduling. On February 22, the legislature's lower chamber, the Wisconsin State Assembly, passed the bill after stripping the portion that would block anti-discrimination rules.