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Identity Issues in the Workplace: Gender Identity, Free Expression and Religious Expressions (HRM261K)

Presented by: Susan Fahey Desmond
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  •  Thu, February 11, 2016
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Avoid Costly Litigations by Understanding Employer's Obligations to Provide Gender Identity Protection and Religious Accommodation to Employees

After years of litigation, Abercrombie and Fitch was found to have violated Title VII when it refused to hire an applicant who wore a Hijab due to her religion, even though the applicant never requested a religious accommodation. More and more employers are finding themselves having to address an individual's lifestyles - whether those lifestyles are by choice or otherwise. Employers are finding that the "image" they want to project sometimes conflicts with the practices or choices of their employees.

Does an employer really have to accommodate an individual's transition from one gender to the other or an individual's decision to have body tattoos or an individual's "odd" clothing/hair choices are due to religious preferences? What's an employer to do?

Join expert speaker and nationally recognized Susan Fahey Desmond as she discusses when employers are obliged to provide employees gender identity protection and religious accommodation. She will identify how to avoid litigation and expensive lawsuits by understanding what the law requires from employers.

Session Highlights

  • The latest from the EEOC regarding gender identity, including transsexuals and homosexuals
  • How Hopkins v. Price Waterhouse is being used to provide employment protection on the basis of gender identity
  • President Obama's Executive Order prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity
  • Gender identity and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • When an individual's body art, hairstyles, and/or clothing might trigger religious accommodation obligations
  • Drafting sound dress code policies in light of an employee's religious beliefs
  • What is considered an "unreasonable" accommodation of an employee's religious beliefs when those beliefs conflict with your policies and procedures

Who should attend?

  • Company owners
  • Human Resource managers
  • Human Resource staff
About Our Speaker(s)

Susan Fahey Desmond | labor and employment law SpeakerSusan Fahey Desmond
Susan Fahey Desmond is a partner with Jackson Lewis, LLP, which has offices in over 54 cities across the United States. She has been representing management in all aspects of labor in employment law since 1985. She is listed in Best Lawyers in America and has been named by Chamber USA as one of America’s Leading Busi... More info

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