The Supreme Court’s Latest LGBTQ Decision: Practical Compliance

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Date: 09/30/2020
Time: 1 pm eastern
Run Time: 90 minutes including Q & A session
Leader: Dr. Jim Castagnera, Attorney at Law
Credits: Awarded 1.5  credit hours by HRCI
Price: Webinar $295; Webinar + Download $349 (Share the download with your colleagues)
Audience: HR, benefits, finance, managers and supervisors, payroll personnel, IT, CEOs, in-house counsel, etc.


For more than 50 years, many labor and employment lawyers had assured their corporate clients that Title VII’s prohibition of “sex” discrimination did not extend to sexual orientation, sexual identity or sexual preference. While an ever-growing number of states and municipalities extended employment-discrimination prohibitions to include LGBTQ applicants and employees, many private employers based there judgment in this area on what they determined to be in the best interests of their business, the perceived judgment of their customers, or the personal beliefs of the owners. Obama-era executive orders extended some shields to these workers in the government-contract arena. But the general rule ‒ no Title VII coverage for sexual orientation, sexual identity and preference ‒ was perceived to be the law about Title VII compliance.

That changed in mid-June 2020, when the U.S. Supreme Court in a 7-2 majority opinion, penned by Trump-appointed conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch, changed those set assumptions on the law drastically, holding that “sex” discrimination under Title VII does indeed protect LGBTQ applicants and employees.

Bottom line: for the first time ever, protection of employees identifying as LGBTQ and get practical guidance on what that means for you, your, your policies and procedures, and controlling your legal exposures.

Please join experienced labor/employment lawyer Jim Castagnera as he explains in practical terms what this means for your company and its related policies, procedures, and the documentation that you need to maintain. This is a must attend webinar, even for those companies that already had inclusionary practices about GLBTQ employees.


During this important webinar Dr. Castagnera will be discussing:

  • An overview of Title VII, as well as the entire federal employment-discrimination statutory scheme and how it all works together
  • The state laws and local ordinances many of which included sexual preference and sexual orientation protections
  • The Bostock decision and the dissents by Justices Thomas and Alito
  • What this means for you.
  • The EEOC’s response to the Supreme Court’s decision
  • Who is covered by the new protections and who isn’t
  • What employers should be doing right now in the wake of the decision
  • Model changes to your policies, procedures and practices in the wake of Bostock and the changing legal landscape.


Dr. Jim Castagnera is an employment and labor attorney with more than 36 years’ experience. He is a sought-after speaker on coronavirus and other HR-compliance topics, an experienced professor, successful author, and accomplished consultant who assists his clients in meeting their current HR compliance challenges with clear and practical solutions. He holds a JD and a PhD from Case Western Reserve University. Following ten years as an employment and labor lawyer with a major Philadelphia law firm, he served for 23 years as in-house legal counsel at Rider University. With 20 published books, mostly on HR-law topics, he teaches HR compliance in Drexel University’s Kline School of Law, is the chief consultant of Holland Media Services, with offices in Los Angeles and Philadelphia, and is of counsel to Washington International Business Counsel.

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