HR Challenges Triggered by “Sexual Orientation” Issues Edward Taylor Al Renner Lois Robinson
Agenda/Topics To Be Covered • Impact on the workplace • Political implications • Financial implications • Moral/Ethical implications • Questions
Impact on the Workplace • Legal and Practical Challenges • Because of Sex • Appropriate Employer Response to Claim • Create an Environment that Values Diversity • Preventing Sexual Harassment
Policies to Address the Challenges • Adopt a Sexual Harassment policy • Create policy for reporting an issue • Create policy that describes investigation process • Create policy for communicating investigation results
Political Implications • No – Federal or Ohio private employment protection based on sexual orientation & gender identity • Yes – Federal public employment protection based on sexual orientation & gender identity • Yes - Ohio public employment protection based on sexual orientation & gender identity • Ohio House Bill 176 – if passed, will provide Ohio private employment protection
Financial Implications • Sends an affirming message to the estimated $660 billion annual domestic GLBT consumer market. • Unfairness in the workplace costs U.S. employers $64 billion annually • GAO estimates $200 million loss from DADT • GAO found “relatively few” complaints in states with a law making it illegal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.