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Creating an Inclusive Workplace for LGBTQ Employees

Creating an Inclusive Workplace for LGBTQ Employees.

When: Thursday, August 15, 2019
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: DoubleTree Hotel
10100 College Blvd.
Overland Park, Kansas  66212
United States
Contact: SHRMJC

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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.


Speaker Bio:

Shelly Freeman is a Founding Member of FineLine HR Consulting, LLC and the law firm of Freeman Martin McKee, LLC where she counsels and consults with employers on the full range of human resource issues; conducts independent investigations; provides dispute resolution services for harassment, discrimination and other serious employee complaints; and develops and conducts management and supervisory training on HR-related topics for companies throughout the country. Shelly’s video training product, “The Workplace Training Series,” was named one of HR Executive Magazine’s “Top Training Picks.”

After more than a decade as a Labor & Employment lawyer, Shelly was the Director of Corporate and Field Human Resources for a multi-unit retailer with locations across the country. While there, she managed and directed a full range of human resource functions for the manufacturing, distribution and retail components of a 10,000+ employee workforce.

She returned to private practice, and founded FineLine’s predecessor in 2001.  Shelly now combines the experience of more than 30 years as an employment lawyer and HR practitioner to assist companies with HR challenges. Shelly is the Past President of SHRM-KC (formerly Human Resource Management Association of Greater Kansas City), a SHRM affiliate and Superior HR Merit Chapter.

Shelly is a frequent speaker and trainer for many organizations including the American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section), the Missouri Bar, the Heartland Labor and Employment Law Institute, the University of Kansas School of Law, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce; the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, and many private companies. In October 2008, she participated as a guest panelist in the Edgar Snow Symposium in Beijing, China.


Chapter Meeting Cost:

Member:  $30.00  

Non-Member:  $45.00  

Student: $15.00  

(There is a $5.00 off Early Bird rate in effect through August 6, 2019)


Meeting Room:

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.


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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!