LGBTQ Employment Law in Practice

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Course Information

Time 60 Minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

This CLE program, presented by Vincent M. Rizzo of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, will focus on practical guidance for employment lawyers on LGBTQ workplace issues, including a discussion on the practical impact of the anticipated US Supreme Court decisions in Bostock v. Clayton County, Zarda v. Altitude Express, and Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC, which will interpret Title VII to either include or exclude LGBTQ individuals from Title VII's protections. The course will also look briefly at each state’s employment nondiscrimination laws and then provide valuable insight on workplace compliance with current federal laws. 

Learning Objectives :

  1. Educate employment lawyers on the current law as it relates to LGBTQ employees

  2. Examine the practical impact of relevant Supreme Court cases: R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc. v. EEOC; Zarda v. Altitude Express; and Bostock v. Clayton County

  3. Survey employment nondiscrimination laws by state and examine how the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions impact state laws

  4. Identify best practices for workplace compliance, with a discussion of important topics such as personnel records, employee handbooks, bathroom policies, dress codes, and codes of conduct

  5. Review how to promote understanding of the language of LGBTQ employees

Credit Information

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Vincent M. Rizzo

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

Vincent Rizzo focuses his practice in litigation at both the federal and state level, with a particular emphasis in the area of government law. Vincent has extensive experience representing public entities and governmental employees and has litigated countless cases to resolution. He successfully tried several federal civil jury trials to defense verdict and obtained multiple summary judgments.

Vincent is involved in all phases of the litigation process and zealously advocates for his clients.

Professional Background

Before joining Hinshaw, Vincent was an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago Department of Law for nearly five years. In that capacity, he represented the City of Chicago in municipal prosecutions, administrative appeals and litigation involving Section 1983 and Monell claims.

During law school, Vincent was a public interest law intern for the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and also interned for the general counsel of Accident Fund Insurance Company. In addition to his academic accomplishments, he was a teaching assistant for Legal Research, Writing and Advocacy; Torts; and Street Law. Vincent was also an active member of his law school's International Law Review and participated in the Commercial Arbitration Competition and the National Animal Law Appellate Moot Court Competition.

Professional Affiliations

  • Chicago Bar Association, Member, 2018–Present
  • Cook Country Bar Association, Member, 2017–Present
  • Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago, Member, 2015–Present