Diversity & Inclusion Done Right

We’ve talked about G.E.’s goals to achieve gender parity by “balancing the equation,” here, by introducing a council to inform future retention strategies, including career advancement and leadership development opportunities for women, and by implementing employee programs and benefits that engender a fair and inclusive culture where all employees can thrive.

Other companies are successfully moving […]

“Too Butch”— Sex Stereotyping

By:  Amy Epstein Gluck

While discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is still not expressly prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”), the federal anti-discrimination law that prohibits sex discrimination, (although the issue is currently before the courts) discrimination on the basis of gender stereotypes is proscribed. By the […]

Supremes Save Transgender Rights For Another Day

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

By now, most people (who read or watch the news, anyway) know that the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) just vacated a lower court ruling in a transgender student’s favor and sent the case back to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The decision followed the Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) and Department […]

Virginia Is For ALL Lovers, Including LGBTQ

By:  Amy Epstein Gluck
Hello Dulles Technology Corridor, there are some new employment requirements in town for you businesses that work with the state government.

Today, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order requiring all future state contractors with the Executive Branch to agree to a non-discrimination policy specifically based on sexual orientation and gender identity. […]

Sexual Orientation Discrimination Violates Title VII—CLARIFICATION

By:  Amy Epstein Gluck

The District Court of Connecticut decided Boutillier v. Hartford Public Schools, No. 3:13-CV-01303-WWE (November 17, 2016). So, when I exuberantly advised that the Second Circuit came to play, I should have written that federal courts within the Second Circuit were showing up to play! So let’s try this again:

Well, this year, we’ve […]

A How-To Guide to LGBT Corporate Policies

By:  Amy Epstein Gluck

As Montell Jordan sang in the 90s—”this is how we do it.”

Thanks to my partner Ken Thompson for finding me this awesome graphic!

Anyway, need a good example of a corporate culture founded on equal treatment regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity?

I’ve got one for you:  powerhouse Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”).  Yesterday, […]

LGBT Corporate Policies—Do Unto Others As You Would Have Done to You (and increase profits while you’re at it)

 By:  Amy Epstein Gluck, FisherBroyles Partner

September 21, 2016 — It turns out that not only is treating people equally regardless of their gender identity or sexual preference the right thing to do as a human being, but it can also boost your company’s profitability.

That’s right.  Your company may actually profit from being responsible and decent!  […]