As workplace protections expand for the LGBTQ+ community, employers should be aware of their legal obligations and the rights of transgender and non-binary employees. This presentation will cover the development of transgender employees’ rights with the issuance of SCOTUS’s Bostock opinion and its progeny, and the status of certain splits in authority regarding just how far the reach of Bostock extends. It will also discuss best practices for how to effectively navigate issues that may arise when hiring a transgender worker or when an employee is transitioning in the workplace.
Key topics to be discussed:
The U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark 2020 decision in Bostock v. Clayton County and subsequent agency guidance and lower court opinions
State laws addressing transgender individuals’ rights
Steps to implement to create an inclusive workplace that can help employers stay compliant, increase morale, and lead to a more positive and productive work environment
Date / Time: July 20, 2023
Theanna Bezney | Fisher & Phillips LLP
Theanna Bezney is an associate in the firm’s Dallas office and focuses her practice on all areas of employment law. She regularly counsels companies on employment law compliance; prepares employment contracts, severance agreements, and documents relating to protection of employer trade secrets and employee defection; and defends companies in matters involving everything from claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation to wage and hour litigation.
Furthermore, she represents employers in a variety of disputes under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the Texas Labor Code. Theanna also represents companies before various courts and agencies, including before the U.S. Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Texas Workforce Commission.
Theanna earned her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law where she served as Editor of the American Journal of Criminal Law. Before that, she earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting, summa cum laude, from the University of New Mexico.
I. The U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark 2020 decision in Bostock v. Clayton County and subsequent agency guidance and lower court opinions | 12:00pm – 12:20pm
II. State laws addressing transgender individuals’ rights | 12:20pm – 12:40pm
III. Steps to implement to create an inclusive workplace that can help employers stay compliant, increase morale, and lead to a more positive and productive work environment | 12:40pm – 1:00pm