Recently, the United States Supreme Court heard arguments around whether gender identity should be covered under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Surprising to some, currently, a person can be treated differently and even fired from their job solely because they are Gay, Lesbian or broadly because an employer does not like their respective gender identity in over half of the states in the US.
While many states have passed laws specifically covering gender identity as a protected class that is entitled to go to work free from discrimination, many states still have not done so. As part of the Supreme Court’s deliberation on this matter, they have recently met with known “hate” organizations who actively speak out against LGBTQ rights, presumably to help completely understand all sides of the issue. These groups include the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) and the World Congress of Families (WCF).
The Supreme Court has been active on weighing in on issues of sexual harassment and discrimination over the last several decades. Regardless of their decision, there will be wide-sweeping reaction and implication on this decision for employers and employees across the United States. In what has been a very active couple of years of legislation in this area, we can anticipate more coming in wake of whatever direction the Supreme Court goes in with this decision.
The trend has continued towards increased training obligations of employers around sexual harassment and discrimination. EEO Training, LLC has a training course that is catered for each of the 50 United States and Puerto Rico offering courses for Supervisors and non-supervisors in both English and Spanish. To learn more, please visit www.eeo-training.com.