Top 4 LGBT Discrimination Issues for Small Business Employers

workplace_discriminationx400Percentages show you already have lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, or transgender (also known as collectively LGBT) employees working alongside or in your business. Therefore, you should at least be aware of the federal and state laws prohibiting employment discrimination based on someone’s gender or sexual orientation.

Knowing the law and adhering to it are different things, and having the right anti-discrimination policies in place is just the start. Here are four things you must know about LGBT discrimination in the workplace:

  1. How LGBT-Friendly Is Your Workplace?

Your small business should start with an LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination policy as a bare minimum — including “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in your anti-discrimination policy is a must, and you may consider training staff to be LGBT literate as well.

  1. Sexual Orientation Discrimination Is Already Illegal

Federal law prohibits making employment decisions based on sex, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has ruled that this applies to sexual orientation as well; meaning gay, lesbian, and bisexual workers are already covered by federal anti-discrimination laws.

  1. Transgender Workers Now a Protected Class,

The same goes for transgender employees — the Supreme Court has ruled that sex stereotyping, including stereotypes based on gender norms, are prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

  1. Tips to Avoid an LGBT Employment Discrimination Lawsuit

Again, it starts with a clear and an up-to-date anti-discrimination policy, and you can help by applying the policy consistently and offering additional training to all employees, especially managers. And make sure any complaints are addressed promptly and fairly.

[Original article appeared in Findlaw blog although modified here for brevity]

Israeli Man Files Restraining Order Against God

God Restraing OrderA man in Israel apparently doesn’t want God to answer his prayers, so he’s filed a restraining order against the Almighty.

The plaintiff, identified as David Shoshan, appeared in a courtroom demanding that God stop interfering in his life, according to NRG, an Israeli news website.

Shoshan told the court that over the last three years, God had been very negative towards him, though court documents didn’t detail any specifics, the Times of Israel noted.

Shoshan said he has tried numerous times to obtain the restraining order through the police department, but in response, only received 10 police visits over a 36-month period. That’s why this time, he tried to go through the court instead.

Court documents noted that God did not present himself at the hearing.

The presiding Judge threw out Shoshan’s request and called it absurd.

Canaan suggested Shoshan should get help from someone besides local law enforcement, according to NRG.

It was not immediately clear if God has an attorney.

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