Out of the Closet and Into Your Workplace: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and the Law

2014 Annual Conference
Workplace Application: This session provides an overview of recent legal developments impacting LGBT employees, and practical guidance for developing and implementing workplace policies and practices that address the needs and concerns of LGBT workers.
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Legal protections continue to emerge for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees. Employers seeking to create a LGBT inclusive workplace face a number of challenges ranging from effectively managing employee relations issues to designing inclusive benefits plans. This session will provide an overview of recent legal developments impacting LGBT employees, including the EEOC’s Title VII ruling on gender identity and the Supreme Court’s Marriage Decisions. Cohen will discuss the top compliance challenges for employers and provide practical guidance on developing and implementing workplace policies and practices that address needs and concerns specific to LGBT workers, including those relating to harassment and bullying prevention, gender identity- appropriate restroom access, confidentiality and more.

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:45pm

Michael S. Cohen, J.D.

Michael S.
Cohen, J.D.

Michael S. Cohen is a partner in the Philadelphia office of Duane Morris’ Employment, Labor, Benefits and Immigration Practice Group. Michael concentrates his practice in the areas of employment law training and counseling. He has trained and counseled employers throughout the country on subjects including harassment prevention; workplace diversity; discipline and discharge; hiring and recruiting practices; FMLA, ADA and FLSA compliance; and others. He has conducted nearly 300 trainings in each of the past two years. Michael also has represented clients throughout the country in EEO and other administrative proceedings. Michael has been cited as a national authority on employment issues by The New York Times, The Associated Press, USA Today, MSNBC.com, HR Magazine, SHRM On-Line, Employment Law 360, and many other publications. Michael is a 1997 magna cum laude graduate of Temple University Beasley School of Law and a cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Credit Type: 
HR Credit
Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
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