Disability Laws and LGBT Rights in the Workplace
Kelley Drye's Communications and Labor and Employment practice groups are hosting a webinar on labor issues affecting communications and technology companies on April 19, 2016 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm EST.
Among the top priorities of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s 2016 “Strategic Plan” is enforcement of the alphabet soup of disability laws (the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, or ADA, FMLA, and GINA) – as well as championing the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees in the workplace. We saw this in action in February, when the EEOC filed its first lawsuit claiming sexual orientation discrimination, with more to come. Combined with a steady uptick in disability-related claims, we can expect LGBT issues to be at the forefront of lawsuits, enforcement actions, and employers’ liability.
This webinar will explore these intersections. For example:
- Is sexual orientation protected under federal law or not? And what does that mean for employers?
- What would your company do if a transgender employee asked for accommodations relating to his/her physical condition or “transition”?
- How do you deal with the “bathroom” issue?
- How do you deal with a workforce that may be less comfortable with the “new normal” in LGBT issues than the EEOC is?
- When an employee due back from a leave says “I need another two weeks” or “I can come back, but can’t travel anymore,” do your managers know how to handle these situations?
This webinar presentation will discuss these laws and strategies employers can use to handle disability-related absences, payments to employees who are not working and replacement costs, and address the difficult questions related to workplace rights being asserted by LGBT employees and “reasonable accommodations”.
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