Transgender, sexual orientation and stereotyping issues in the workplace

While Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not specifically prohibit employment discrimination based on one’s sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, there is a growing trend, particularly at the federal level but also in some states, to expand civil rights protections to gay and transgender workers.  The U.S. Supreme Court has even weighed in on the issue of discrimination against employees who don’t meet traditional gender stereotypes, such as the woman perceived to be too masculine, or a man considered too feminine.

Roberta B. Fields
Roberta B. Fields
Charles S. Plumb
Charles S. Plumb

During this one-hour complimentary webinar, McAfee & Taft labor and employment attorneys Roberta Fields and Charlie Plumb provide an overview of Title VII, discuss the evolution of federal and state laws prohibiting sex and gender discrimination, review the important court cases that set the stage for the current shifts in position and policy, and discuss employer best practices for maintaining a welcoming workplace while avoiding discrimination litigation.

Topics include:

  • Overview of federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Why the EEOC interprets Title VII to cover sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Current trends in sex and gender discrimination litigation
  • What the U.S. Supreme Court has said about sexual stereotyping and same-sex harassment
  • Why the Department of Justice has stepped in to prosecute a transgender discrimination case in Oklahoma
  • How to recognize and avoid sexual stereotyping
  • Practical issues for accommodating transsexual/transgender employees in the workplace, including the use of restrooms and locker rooms


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Transgender, sexual orientation and stereotyping issues in the workplace

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