LGBT Rights in the Workplace

(435 Ratings)

Produced on: June 22, 2017

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 63 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

The law involving the rights and interests of the LGBT community in the workplace has been rapidly evolving. Two landmark decisions—Obergefell v. Hodges, 135 S. Ct. 2584 (2015) and U.S. v. Windsor133, S. Ct. 2675 (2013)—both involving issues of equality for same sex individuals—dramatically changed the legal landscape with respect to employee rights and benefits.

In addition, and as a result of these cases, old assumptions about the viability of gender identity claims and sexual orientation claims in federal court and administrative agencies are facing new challenges. This course offers a comprehensive overview of LGBT rights in the workplace, including viable causes of action to challenge workplace discrimination based upon gender identity and sexual orientation and employee benefits.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Understand how the Supreme Court’s marriage equality decisions have affected LGBT rights in the workplace
  2. Review recent developments in employment law and their effects on LGBT protections
  3. Explore strategies to redress workplace mistreatment on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation
  4. Examine the role of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in recognizing gender identity and sexual orientation discrimination
  5. Discuss employment benefits issues for LGBT people 


Colleen Meenan

Meenan & Associates, LLC

Colleen is the founder of Meenan & Associates, a general law practice located in New York City, where she has fostered insightful legal strategies for both businesses and individuals for over 25 years. Before practicing law, Colleen was a decorated New York City police officer. Colleen's selfless sense of service and innate "street smarts" influence the firm's core values which include loyalty to the client's best interests, personalized attention, and instinctive problem solving.

Colleen continues to advocate for the fair and equitable treatment of employees with respect to compensation, work terms and conditions, contracts and severance. She has obtained successful jury verdicts after trial in a number of employment related cases, including in the case of Elliot v. City of New York, 99-cv-9308 (SDNY)(Mukasey) and Sorrenti v. City of New York, Index 126981/02 (N.Y. Co. Sup. Ct.). 

Significant victories she has obtained for clients have been affirmed by the New York State Court of Appeals in the cases of Albunio v. City of New York, 16 N.Y.3d 472 (2011) and Sandiford v. City of New York, 22 N.Y. 3d 914 (2013). These favorable appellate court decisions clarified the interpretation to be applied by the trial courts in analyzing claims of retaliation under the New York City Human Rights Law.

In her efforts to advance the rights of employees, Colleen testified before the New York City Council in December of 2015 in support of Int. 0814-2015, a proposed amendment to the City's human rights law, requiring trial Courts to correctly interpret the statute and recognize its broad and remedial purposes. This amendment was subsequently passed by the City Council, amending Administrative Code§ 8-130.

In 2016, Colleen was instrumental in developing the legal strategy which challenged the New York City Police Department's discriminatory treatment of hearing disabled police officers. Under Colleen's leadership, this legal challenge was successful and resulted in  a change in how police officers who sustain hearing loss are treated by the NYPD. See, James Phillips and Dan Carione v. City of New York, 11cv6685 (SDNY) (Polk-Failla). 

Her efforts on behalf of employees and victims of discrimination are ongoing. 


Alfred S.

Speaker was very knowledgeable. Excellent program!

Jeffrey K.

Interesting and informative.

Joyce K.

Comprehensive discussion in highlighted manner. Well done!

Tara L.


Belinda B.

Raised timely issues in a rapidly changing area of the law

Michael Y.

Great instructor!

Ashlee R.

great cle

Senna A.

I was very happy to see how current this presentation is, especially with everything going on in this area of the law. Great presenter who has an entire career of experience and offered a lot of helpful advice including ongoing cases to watch.

Christyann P.

Thank you for this overview of the legal issues facing LGBT people in workplace

Elizabeth F.

I learned a lot. The instructor was very expert.

Lea G.

really thorough and well presented! Thanks!

Carolyn S.

Good program.

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