LGBT Issues

Author: Beth Zoller, XpertHR Legal Editor

States and municipalities are increasingly passing laws to protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals in the workplace including making sexual orientation and gender identity protected classes.

Although not yet recognized as protected classes under federal law and Title VII, as a best practice, employers should prohibit discrimination and harassment against all employees and applicants based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.

Employers should also be sure to implement training and be prepared to make reasonable accommodations for LGBT employees when it comes to issues such as employee restrooms, name changes and dress codes.


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