Other grounds, such as race, ethnicity, ability, social or foreign origin, age, health status, religion or belief and trade union membership, were already included in the non-discrimination framework.
The amendment received support of 234 MPs, while 42 voted against.
The positive vote came as a surprise, as MPs voted down the same text twice in earlier votes on November 5 and November 10.
At several occasions, the European Parliament urged Ukraine to bring its anti-discrimination framework in line with European standards.
Amending the Labour code was one of the last hurdles for Ukraine to move to visa-free travel with the EU.
Sophie in ‘t Veld MEP, Vice-President of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBTI Rights, reacted: “I congratulate the Verkhovna Rada for adopting this important anti-discrimination clause, which sends a message of hope to the LGBTI community in Ukraine.”
“It is clear that cooperation with the EU is based on shared values and the protection of human rights. This is a positive signal both to the people of Ukraine and to the citizens of the EU.”
“As LGBTI Ukrainians still face discrimination at work, this law is a small step forward. It brings Ukraine closer to Europe by explicitly forbidding discrimination, and providing a tool to fight inequality at the work floor.”
Ulrike Lunacek MEP, Co-President of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBTI Rights, added: “Today the Verkhovna Rada sent a strong statement that a modern Ukraine respects and protects everyone equally.”
“This is a victory for all those who cherish the values of Maidan: freedom and human rights for everyone. I strongly encourage all political leaders, including those who voted against this law, to join in and speak out for equality and fundamental rights.”