When I am teaching continuing education courses, this is a question I get a lot. It comes in light of the Bostock v. Clayton County case that was decided by the US Supreme Court last year and that extended sex discrimination protections to LGBTQ workers.
Can Employers Have Religious Objections to Hiring LGBTQ Workers? First, I’ll give the attorney answer: It depends.
Also, because I’m an attorney, I have to give my disclaimer that I’m not going to give you legal advice in this particular video. I only give legal advice to clients who retain me and when we have that kind of engagement. I encourage you, if you’re concerned about this topic, to consult an attorney.
Now, I invite you to explore three considerations:
I’m going to give you three considerations that I invite you to explore in the context of any religious objections you might have to hiring LGBTQ workers.
- What are your sincerely held religious beliefs regarding LGBTQ people? You want to be very specific because the second consideration is…
- Where did you get those sincerely held religious beliefs? You’re going to have to have evidence that they’re sincerely held and religious in nature. And it’s okay, if you did explore this and discover that maybe you’re not sure. This is why I want you to take a look at it.
- You want to consider what your goal is in asserting this objection. What’s the ideal outcome? Depending on what your religious beliefs are, you might ask, what would your savior, your God, or your religious leader do in a similar situation? This is probably how a lot of these cases going forward are going to be analyzed.
My Third Ear Conflict Resolution process can help you walk through some of this, because it has Seven Choices that we make in the beginning to help you get connected to your response to the situation—before you start engaging with other people about it. Then, you can start taking action.
If you need more one-on-one interaction and coaching around this, I still offer my free 30-minute breakthrough calls. In the meantime, keep listening with your third ear for the hurts you can heal.
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Nance L. Schick, Esq., is a workplace attorney, ethno-religious mediator, and conflict resolution coach based in New York City. Her goal is to keep managers and small business owners out of court and build their conflict resolution skills so everyone has a better work experience. She is creator of the Third Ear Conflict Resolution process, author of DIY Conflict Resolution, and an award-winning entrepreneur acknowledged by Super Lawyers (ADR, 2018, 2019 & 2020), the New York Economic Development Corporation/B-Labs (Finalist, Best for NYC 2015 & 2016), U.S. Chamber of Commerce (2015 Blue Ribbon Small Business), Enterprising Women Magazine (Honorable Mention, 2014 Woman of the Year awards).