LGBT Workers: What Employers Need to Know to Navigate Uncharted Territory and Remain Legally Compliant

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Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer period.
Presenter: Janet A. Hendrick, partner, Fisher and Phillips LLP
Price: $349.00, DL includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
CE Credits: This program has been approved for 1.5 general recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.
Who Should Attend? HR, training, in-house counsel, supervisors and managers

Work life can present particular challenges for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees. Even in a welcoming work environment, certain situations can present significant legal, human, and ethical dilemmas for the employer. Over the past year, the topic of workplace issues for LGBT workers has increasingly been headline news. From restrooms, work assignments, and name-calling all the way to co-worker concerns relating to alleged privacy and religious objections, employers need to have policies and procedures that address the rights of all of their employees.

Government contractors and subcontractors are already prohibited from discriminating against employees based on their gender identity or sexual orientation. Similar prohibitions are also evolving at rapid pace for private employers as well, and in certain jurisdictions such prohibitions already exist. Employers will benefit from a clearer understanding of the laws that apply as well as the potential impact of related court decisions. While Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 may not explicitly protect the rights of LGBT employees, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and, increasingly, federal courts interpret that federal statute, which protects employees against discrimination “because of sex,” as protecting employees against discrimination based on their gender identity and sexual orientation. In 2014, the EEOC filed its first lawsuits under Title VII against private employers alleging discrimination based on gender identity. And in 2016, the EEOC filed its first lawsuits against private employers under that statute alleging discrimination against employees because of their sexual orientation.

Please join Janet A. Hendrick, partner, Fisher and Phillips LLP, as she discusses current and emerging developments in this area, including recommended modifications to current employer policies and procedures, and best practices to minimize legal risk.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • The importance of developing a plan to address issues that may face transgender employees before they arise
  • Review important United States Supreme Court decisions that have formed the bases of recent developments in this area
  • Discuss EEOC activity and the nature of recent lawsuits filed by the EEOC
  • Understand how Title VII applies in situations of gender identity and sexual orientation discrimination
  • Discuss recommended changes to employer policies and procedures
  • Discuss best practices for handling transgender employee management including issues relating to: use of restrooms, co-worker concerns, privacy issues, religious objections, use of taunting language, work assignments, persons who want to be called by the name or pronoun of their self-identification, persons who want to compete or participate in events that are associated with the gender with which they identify, dress issues, etc.
  • Understand competing issues such as the potential for bullying, hazing, harassment, and isolation at work and objections of other workers to the presence of LGBT employees


Your conference leader for “LGBT Workers: What Employers Need to Know to Navigate Uncharted Territory and Remain Legally Compliant” is Janet A. Hendrick, Attorney-at-Law. Ms. Hendrick is a partner in the Dallas, Texas office of Fisher and Phillips LLP. During her many years of practice as a labor and employment attorney, she has represented employers in a wide variety of industries, including healthcare, hospitality, and retail. In addition to representing employers before state and federal agencies and courts, she regularly trains management on topics including equal employment opportunity, diversity, and management skills. Ms. Hendrick also regularly speaks on a range of topics including transgender accommodations in the workplace. She received her JD degree from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in Dallas.


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