Gender Identity Issues in the Workplace
Susan Fahey Desmond is a principal with Jackson Lewis PC. She has been
representing management in all areas of labor and employment law for
over 30 years. A noted author and speaker, Ms. Desmond is listed in Best
Lawyers in America and has been named by Chambers USA as one of
America’s leading business lawyers.
Employers have more to do dealing with employees and what they do on the job without having to worry about what they do off the job – particularly when it comes to their employees’ sexual orientation or gender identity. These issues frequently bleed over into the workplace in large part because of the emotions that this once-taboo topic stirs. Some employees will have strong religious beliefs on the subject. What is an employer to do when a person’s right to equal employment conflicts with co-workers' or even supervisors’ religious beliefs? Keep in mind that employers also have to provide reasonable accommodation to the religious beliefs of their employees. What about the more practical concerns? Bathrooms?
- LGBTQ status and legal protections
- What if your company or employees have religious objections?
- What the Supreme Court’s decisions mean to your organization
- Avoiding Sexual Stereotyping
- Best practices, including policies and procedures according to the EEOC and OSHA
Course Level - Intermediate
Who Should Attend
- Human Resource Managers
- Company Owners
- Risk Managers
Why Should You Attend
Without question, more and more individuals feel more comfortable discussing their gender identities or their sexual orientations. Most continue to feel social stigma and discrimination in the workplace due to their willingness to discuss these once “taboo” topics. The Supreme Court has now found that same-sex marriages are a fundamental right in the United States. Additionally, the Court ended the debate about whether sex discrimination covered sexual orientation (finding that it did). Employers now must consider the effect of these decisions on their workplace in a way they have never before considered.