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“Sexual & Gender Discrimination in the Oilfield”

July 2020

Article by Annette Idalski and Pooneh Momeni on “Sexual & Gender Discrimination in the Oilfield,”

SHALE Oil & Gas Business Magazine

In an article published in the July / August issue of SHALE Oil & Gas Business Magazine, Annette Idalski and Pooneh Momeni discuss how oil and gas employers should immediately update their employee handbooks and HR policies to reflect and comply with the Supreme Court’s ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia.

“Specifically, companies should ensure sexual orientation and transgender status are included as protected characteristics or added to the definition of ‘sex’,” Idalski and Pooneh wrote in the article. “Although the boilerplate nondiscrimination statement that many companies use state, ‘the company does not discriminate in employment practices or opportunities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex and national origin,’ now implicitly includes sexual orientation, businesses may want to consider a revision to specifically include sexual orientation and gender identity. In the event sexual orientation and gender identity are excluded under an employer’s policies, those policies should be updated immediately.”

Additionally, Idalski and Pooneh advise that employers review all policies with an eye toward LGBTQ issues and preventing discrimination in the workplace. They also provide an overview of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia.

To read the article in full, click here.