If not, now would be a good time. Last week the EEOC sued two separate companies in two separate states for alleged sex discrimination arising out of the treatment of transgendered employees (in both cases, male employees who were in the process of becoming female). It’s not a surprising move, given that the agency and many courts have interpreted “sex discrimination” to include discrimination based on a failure to conform to sexual stereotypes. But it is a good reminder that LGBT rights are gaining prominence, in the workplace and beyond.
It’s simple for employers, really. Make sure you add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the list of protected categories in your anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policies. And train your workforce to understand that the prohibition against sex discrimination extends to those who do not conform to sex-based stereotypes.