Expansion of LGBT Rights Under Title VII: What Companies Can Do to Foster Inclusiveness and Minimize the Risk of Costly Lawsuits

In a landmark ruling, the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently concluded that sexual orientation is a protected category under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII). This opens the door for federal courts in other circuits to issue similar findings; thus, expanded coverage of Title VII to members of the LGBT community across the nation is a real possibility. Legal risks aside, according to the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, if LGBT employees feel they need to hide their identity at work, this can adversely affect employee engagement and retention. This session will provide a framework for ensuring that your employment policies and practices don’t violate LGBT workers’ rights. It will also provide strategic direction on how to ensure a culture of inclusiveness toward LGBT employees.

You’ll learn:

  • Employment practices that could spark legal liability for the way LGBT workers are being treated
  • How companies can create an LGBT-inclusive culture to attract and retain talent
  • Why having a strong culture of inclusion can help with your employment brand and more