LGBT Issues and U.S. Employment Law: What Employers Need to Know

Date(s) of Presentation
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

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Program Description:

Employers seeking an LGBT-inclusive workplace face a number of challenges ranging from creating policies that promote acceptance and tolerance; respecting the views that differ among employee affinity groups; being out vs. privacy-related concerns; and ensuring equal benefits, protections  and treatment for all employees.  As federal, state and local law develop, and sometimes differ around the philosophical issues of being LGBT at work, employers must adopt a comprehensive and practical approach to address: (1) claims of sexual orientation discrimination; (2) issues related to gender reassignment of an employee; and (3) creating a work environment that advocates that full “self-expression” makes for a better employee, which in turn benefits the business.  This webinar, featuring ELA members from across the U.S. who work extensively on LGBT matters will address the myriad issues that every employer should know, including:

  • Update on the status of the Federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act;
  • ERISA compliance issues and tax implications for employers and employees with respect to benefits provided to employees in same-sex marriages, civil unions, and domestic partnerships.
  • Coverage of non-discrimination laws for LGBT employees;
  • Policies and Practices in the everyday life of a workplace (harassment and bullying, confidentiality, restrooms, employee) that H.R. departments need to know.


  • Leonard Court, Moderator, Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Sarah L. Ford, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein, Raleigh, NC
  • Daniel H. Handman, Hirschfeld Kraemer, Los Angeles, CA
  • Ryan J. Loeffers, Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing, Honolulu, HI
  • J. E. Jess Sweere, Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, Little Rock, AR