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

Author: XpertHR Editorial Team

Yes. Federal law (Title VII) and many state and local laws prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (which may include gender expression). Title VII covers employers with 15 or more employees. The state and local laws may apply to employers with fewer than 15 employees.

Even if an employer is not required by law to do so, an employer may choose to prohibit discrimination and harassment against individuals based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or transgender status. In doing so, an employer will foster a more compassionate, tolerant and diverse workforce.