June 23, 2020

Reflecting on Workplace Inclusion

On June 15th, the Supreme Court of the United States made a historic ruling, declaring workplace discrimination against LGBTQ+ people illegal. In a 6-3 decision, SCOTUS stated that protections of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act extended to sexual orientation and gender identity.

This is a momentous win for the LGBTQ+ community. As a company, we pride ourselves on promoting equality of all kinds for workers—and we’re thrilled about anything that expands that equality. No one should fear that their sexual orientation or gender identity is cause for discrimination or antagonization of any kind. Just like no one should fear that their race, age, or other factors would be used against them. 

This Pride, we've compiled a list of resources to spark conversations on how businesses can more strongly promote inclusivity and diversity in the workplace—and recognize issues that affect both Black and LGBTQ+ communities. We recognize the importance of social justice initiatives that take into account intersectionality, understanding how parts of a person’s background and identity combine to create unique modes of discrimination. As the Human Rights Campaign notes, “the revolutionary riots at Stonewall in 1969 were spearheaded by many LGBTQ people of color, and that none of the progress made for the acceptance and equality of LGBTQ people over the past 51 years would be possible if not for the action and courage of those protestors.”

The following is a list of resources we’re starting with, that we want to share with you too. Our hope is that these resources spark conversations and questions surrounding what we can all do to more strongly promote inclusivity and diversity within our companies and our communities. 

Resource list:

  • LOC’s LGBTQ+ Resources in the Workplace: 
    The Library of Congress offers books, data and statistics, and other resources for employers to learn about on this hub page.
  • #BlackLivesMatter: Listening and Learning from Black Voices on Twitter:
    This guide offers guidance for brands on how to continue fighting for racial justice and making their actions transparent via social media.
  • Anti-Racism Resources from Fortune:
    This list
    from Fortune staffers includes meaningful organizations to support, books and articles to read, and resources for parents, too. 
  • Building LGBTQ+ Inclusive Workplaces:
    A resource guide for business and HR leaders on understanding LGBTQ inclusion. 
  • LGBTQ+ Employee Resources:
    The Human Rights Campaign has compiled this list of resources you might share with your employees on advocating for LGBTQ+ equality and addressing workplace discrimination. 

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