1. LGBTQ Workplace Protections: The Current Landscape for Employees and Employers

LGBTQ Workplace Protections: The Current Landscape for Employees and Employers

LGBTQ Workplace Protections: The Current Landscape for Employees and Employers
Event ID: 18361
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Recording: 15404

Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): Melissa Fleischer, attorney at law, president and founder, HR Learning Center LLC
Price: $299.00, On-Demand 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. This program is valid for 1.5 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.
Who Should Attend? HR, training, in-house counsel, supervisors and managers

One area that is less settled than ever is an employer’s obligations when it comes to LGBTQ discrimination and employee protections. There are so many issues that an employer has to consider. What does the law require at the federal, state, and local levels, and what have the courts and Justice Department said on the topic? Although federal law and Title VII do not prohibit discrimination or harassment based upon sexual orientation or gender identity, many state laws (and even some local laws) do include these protections. How do these different standards work together? Meanwhile, a federal court recently held that sexual orientation discrimination is covered by Title VII, while a recent narrow Supreme Court ruling found for a baker who opted not to make a cake for a gay couple on religious freedom grounds. Given the uncertainty and contradictory rulings and interpretations of the law, it is imperative that you are aware of the current landscape and take appropriate action to identify and reduce potential issues facing both employees and the employer.

Please join Melissa Fleischer as she makes sure you are kept up-to-date on the new cases and guidance dealing with this important issue and that you best understand your legal requirements to avoid discrimination and prevent harassment to your LGBTQ employees.


Some of the informative topics to be covered include:

  • Understanding whether sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination is prohibited under federal or state and local laws
  • Understanding your legal requirements to protect your LGBTQ employees
  • Legal pitfalls with LGBTQ employees to be aware of
  • Bathrooms? Which one?
  • Update on recent legal cases, including the Masterpiece Cakeshop Supreme Court ruling
  • Laws on the horizon that are not favorable to LGBTQ employees


Your conference leader for “LGBTQ Workplace Protections: The Current Landscape for Employees and Employers” is Melissa Fleischer, attorney at law. Ms. Fleischer is a management-side employment attorney with 20 years of experience representing clients in employment law discrimination litigation as well as providing preventive counseling and training on workplace issues. HR Learning Center, LLC offers training seminars, webinars, and consulting on a wide range of workplace and human resources issues. She is also a frequent speaker on a wide range of employment law topics including: workplace investigations, anti-harassment training, FMLA and ADA training, workplace violence prevention, etc. Ms. Fleischer earned her J.D. degree from The George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C., and her B.A., cum laude, from New York University.


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