On the whole, it looks like corporate America is becoming an increasingly friendly place for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workers. More than 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies have policies against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and more than 60 percent include gender identity protection in their nondiscrimination policies, according to the “Corporate Equality Index 2014” [PDF], published by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.
For those organizations that want to follow in the footsteps of other successful companies in the U.S. by becoming more LGBT-inclusive, a recent webinar from the law firm Littler Mendelson revealed that there are many practical steps to take. In “Building a Diverse Workplace: Best Practices for Making Your Workplace LGBT Inclusive,” Denise Visconti, managing shareholder at the firm’s San Diego office, and Mark Phillis, a shareholder at Littler’s Pittsburgh office, outlined some ways companies can be more inclusive—and what are some of the benefits of doing so.
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