Creating an Inclusive Workplace for LGBTQ Employees
11:00 am - 11:30 am: Registration and Networking
11:30 am - 12:00 pm: Announcements and Lunch
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Program
The most successful and competitive employers recognize that promoting an inclusive workplace where employees feel respected and safe, and one in which they can bring their whole selves to work, is good business. Under state and local laws in many states and cities, and for federal contractors, non-discrimination and anti-harassment based on LGBT status are legally mandated. Several Federal courts recently have interpreted the existing prohibition against sex discrimination under Title VII to prohibit discrimination based on LGBT status; the Supreme Court is expected to consider the issue soon. This session discusses both the legal mandates and business imperatives of LGBT inclusion, with practical advice about steps to take to achieve it.
Participants will learn:
- Current status of legal protections for LGBT people.
- Interplay of LGBT workplace initiatives and workplace requirements for religious beliefs.
- Recommendations regarding employer policies to address LGBT issues.
This program has been submitted for 1 certification credit with SHRM and HRCI.
Shelly L. Freeman is a Principal in the Overland Park, Kansas, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Ms. Freeman has nearly 30 years’ experience practicing labor and employment law. Mid–career, she served as the Director of Corporate and Field Human Resources for a large, multi-state, publicly traded company, where she directed and supervised the human resources function for the corporate, manufacturing, distribution, and retailing components of the business. She returned to private practice in 2001, and has continued successfully first-chairing federal and state Court trials, appellate arguments, and labor arbitrations; representing employers in federal and state agency proceedings; conducting internal FLSA reviews and audits; assisting with restructuring efforts; drafting employee handbooks and HR policies for multi-state employers; and investigating harassment, fraud, and other internal issues. She regularly counsels employers on day-to-day HR issues. Ms. Freeman’s practice has also included a particular focus on management training. She designs and delivers training for managers on a full range of employment topics, including anti-harassment, employment law for managers (including anti-discrimination, reasonable accommodation, managing attendance and leaves of absence, and FLSA/managing time), managing workplace gender transition, performance management, and effective leadership. Ms. Freeman has been a featured speaker on various employment topics at national conferences and webinars for such organizations as the American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section; the Missouri Bar; the Heartland Labor & Employment Law Institute; the University of Kansas School of Law; University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC) CLE; the Society of Human Resource Management of Greater Kansas City (SHRM-KC); the Missouri Chamber of Commerce; the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce; and many private companies. In 2008, she was a guest panelist in the Edgar Snow Symposium in Beijing, China.
Chapter Meeting Cost:
(There is a $5.00 off Early Bird rate in effect through August 6, 2019)
We will be meeting in one of the Ballrooms. When you arrive at the DoubleTree, drive around to the back of the hotel (the North side) and park in the back parking lot. The Ballroom is near the glass north entrance doors.
There is an additional $5.00 service charge for all late and walk-in registrations.
SHRMJC's Cancellation Policy: If you must cancel your reservation, please do so no later than 72-hours prior to the event. We are required to turn in the number of registered attendees to the DoubleTree for planning purposes and must pay for the number of attendees we anticipate, whether they attend or not. As a not-for-profit organization we simply can't afford to pay for no-shows. Thanks for understanding!