Job discrimination in the workplace has been deemed protected across the United States on the basis of sexual orientation and transgender status.
Three cases were decided including Gerald Bostock who was fired after joining a gay softball team and Donald Zarda. The third was from Aimee Stephens who was fired from her job at a funeral home in Michigan just weeks after she told her boss she was transgender.
Every week, I hear from our job seekers that questions come up in their interview around ‘culture fit’ for an organization. Other questions come up around, will this person fit in with our current team? Questions about outside hobbies, what folks do in their spare time for fun and other ‘getting to know you’ questions.
We have, and will continue, to advocate for all job seekers to represent themselves fully. Spend the weekend volunteering for an LGBTQ+ non-profit organization? Say it 100%. Spent 5 years on the board of an organization that works to elect out LGBTQ+ people into office? Put it on your resume and your LinkedIn profile.
Through this work, we also have conversations with employers and let C-Suite, VP, Hiring Managers, Human Resources and everyone in between that the value of an individual is their difference. The value of hiring an LGBTQ+ person is their knowledge, skill AND their identity. How you identify should be an asset.
Protections for gender identity and sexuality on the Federal level are ones we have been fighting for. Gerald Bostock, Donald Zarda and Aimee Stephens brought their whole selves to work, and so can you.
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