Monday, May 29, 2017

Goldman Sachs Asks Job Seekers to Come Out: What Are the Risks? - BLOOMBERG

by Jay-Anne B. Casuga
Originally published: May 26, 2017


Race. Sex. Age. Employers regularly ask for such demographic information in job applications. Questions about a job seeker’s sexual orientation and gender identity are less common, if not rare.

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. recently confirmed to Bloomberg BNA that it’s inviting job applicants to voluntarily self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender as a way to increase diversity in its workforce.

It’s a trend that’s beginning to gain traction among professional organizations, not just in the finance and banking sectors but in consulting and legal fields, Michelle Phillips, a management attorney with Jackson Lewis in White Plains, N.Y., told Bloomberg BNA.