Business Case: Legal Vulnerability
Employers that develop and implement workplace strategies that create fair workplaces for LGBT employees can enhance corporate reputation, increase job satisfaction and boost employee morale. Results include enhanced corporate reputation and increased business opportunities, employee recruitment, retention and productivity, and decreased legal vulnerability.
- Moonhawk River Stone, a workplace diversity trainer on transgender issues, underscores one business rationale for inclusive policies: “Employers need to assess whether they are willing to risk the negative public image discrimination can bring. People tend to focus on and remember the negative. It only takes one incident of such behavior to create longstanding ill will.”
- Companies that have established diversity programs and management systems to address and resolve charges of discrimination and harassment may be less vulnerable to discrimination lawsuits.