U.S. Supreme Court Title VII Prohibits Gay and Transgender Discrimination in the Workplace
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
As many of you may have read in the news this week, a landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court was made on June 15, 2020, that held that an employer who "fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964." If you have not already updated your handbook or related policies to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, as has already been applicable in some states, counties or cities, now would be a good time to do so. Below is sample verbiage recommended by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) that may help you with this review and update process.
Equal Employment Opportunity:
It is the policy of [Practice Name] to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. [Practice Name] prohibits any such discrimination or harassment.
For more information and to view the full ruling, visit the U.S. Supreme Court website.