Friday, July 15, 2016

Six Steps For Finding LGBT-Friendly Employers - FASTCOMPANY

by Beth P. Zoller 
Originally published: July 13, 2016

Employment law is the next frontier in LGBT rights in the U.S. Here's how to find LGBT-friendly employers while that battle rages.

In a recent lawsuit backed by the Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a transgender woman secured a $115,000 settlement from her employer after being harassed, barred from using the correct restroom, prevented from changing her name and gender on employment records, and denied coverage for medically necessary procedures.

Same-sex marriage may be legal in the U.S., but there are plenty of places where Americans can still get fired for being gay or transgender. The fight for equality based on gender identity and sexual orientation has emerged as a new battleground for employment rights.

As that struggle plays out, many LGBT job seekers are hard-pressed to find work at employers that won't just honor their rights but welcome and support them. Here's a guide finding LGBT-friendly employers in that evolving landscape.