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Verity International Limited

200 King Street West

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Toronto, ON M5H3T4

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Embracing Employees for Who They Are, Not Who They Love – Addressing and Responding to Issues for LGBTQ Employees

A Statistics Canada report in 2014 suggested that 1.3% of Canadians between the ages of 18 and 59 are gay or lesbian, and an additional 1.1% is bisexual. In 2016, the Williams Institute at UCLA concluded that 1.4 million Americans identify as transgender. When you consider that individuals spend, on average, 10 hours each day at work and/or in the workplace, the thought that sexual orientation and gender identity or expression is not part of the employment experience is perhaps naïve. Rather, it is likely in the workplace more than you realize and, if you have not already, just a matter of time before you address LGBTQ and transgender issues in the workplace. When employers also recognize that every individual in Ontario is entitled to a workplace and work environment that is free from harassment and discrimination on the basis of sex, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity and gender expression, you can be proactive on the matter. In this overview, we will discuss best practices and resources available for employers to address the topic of sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace.

Learning Objectives

  • Hear about best practices for talking about sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression without infringing on an individual’s privacy
  • Examine the labels and terminology used for and by the LGBTQ community for use in the workplace and on employment records
  • Learn the importance of up to date workplace anti-harassment, discrimination and bullying policies
  • Understand how to develop guidelines for transitioning employees in the workplace
  • Know how to deal with potential issues like the use of washrooms, change rooms, uniforms and dress codes
  • Discuss other resources that may be available to employers to promote inclusivity in the workplace




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Cynthia C. Ingram, L.L.B.

Barrister and Solicitor

Cynthia is a senior employment lawyer who is respected by her clients and peers alike. With more than 20 years of experience in employment law and commercial litigation, as well as in-house experience as Senior Counsel and Head of Litigation with North America’s largest competitive retailer of energy-related services, Cynthia is recognized for developing a unique alliance with her clients – developing strategies to enable them to navigate all statutory and HR obligations to achieve sound employment and workplace policies and practices. Her wide range of experience includes counseling and representing clients on issues including hiring practices, employment and service agreements, employee policies and procedures, performance management, managing leaves of absence, employee discipline and termination, health and safety, as well as assisting and advising owners and HR practitioners on all aspects of workplace investigations. With a passion for training and education, Cynthia has developed and delivered training for Senior Management, Human Resources representatives, and operational personnel on obligations and compliance regarding risk-assessment and management, occupational health and safety, Bill 132, Bill 148, performance management, media and public relations, and effective workplace investigations. In recognition of her dedication and commitment to developing best practices, Cynthia is often invited to speak and present on matters addressing all practices and aspects of the employment relationship.

Cynthia completed her Bachelor of Arts, Economics at the University of Western Ontario in 1990, and a Bachelor of Laws at the University of British Columbia in 1993, including studies at the UC Hastings College of Law. Cynthia was admitted to the practice of law in 1995.

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Verity International Limited

200 King Street West

Suite 1301

Toronto, ON M5H3T4

Canada

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