Should an employer prohibit discrimination based on gender identity, gender expression, transgender status or sexual orientation?

Author: Beth P. Zoller, XpertHR Legal Editor

Even though federal law does not prohibit discrimination based on gender identity, gender expression, transgender status or sexual orientation, it is best practice and advisable for an employer to treat gender identity, gender expression, transgender status and sexual orientation as protected characteristics and prohibit discrimination and harassment against individuals based on these characteristics. In doing so, an employer will foster a more compassionate, tolerant and diverse workforce.