Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the Workplace
Leigh M. Schultz, Esq.
In 2015, the EEOC took the position that gender identity and sexual orientation are protected classifications under Title VII. Recent cases, proposed legislation and OSHA guidance have impacted the workplace, expanded sex discrimination protection, and updated rules on disparate treatment based on personal appearance and dress in the workplace. This webinar focuses on what these changes mean now, and what they could mean for the future of your workplace.
Leigh M. Schultz is a Principal at Miller Canfield where she focuses her practice on labor and employment and commercial litigation. She provides both public and private employers of all shapes and sizes with advice and counsel on day-to-day employment-related issues and regularly defends employers against administrative charges and lawsuits filed by current, former and prospective employees. In addition, Leigh assists businesses in defending and prosecuting lawsuits involving commercial (non-employment) claims such as breach of contract, breach of warranty, negligence, fraud, nuisance, trespass, unjust enrichment, conversion, defamation, breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference and minority shareholder oppression. In addition, Ms. Schultz regularly assists businesses in drafting personnel policies, employee handbooks, and employment agreements, including non-compete, non-solicitation, confidentiality and arbitration provisions. She aids in enforcing employment agreements against current and former employees when it becomes necessary as well. She also frequently drafts post-employment separation agreements and provides advice on severance packages and related issues. She provides training to employers and their employees on various topics such as harassment, discrimination, retaliation, hiring, firing, discipline, leaves of absence, social media, FLSA, ADA and FMLA. She also negotiates collective bargaining agreements, arbitrates grievances filed by Unions on behalf of employees that they represent and defends Unfair Labor Practice charges. In addition to labor and employment counsel litigation, Ms. Schultz regularly assists businesses in defending and prosecuting lawsuits involving commercial (non-employment) claims. She received her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2005 and a B.A. from the University of Michigan in 2002. She has been named in Michigan Super Lawyers, Employment + Labor Rising Stars every year since 2011.
- J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2005
- B.A., University of Michigan, 2002
Memberships & Activities
- American Bar Association
- Michigan Bar Association
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Kalamazoo County Bar Association
- Volunteer Center of Greater Kalamazoo, Former President, Board of Directors
- Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce, Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Member; Portage Advisory Board, Past Member
- U.S. Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit
- U.S. District Courts Michigan, Indiana and Illinois
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$199.00 OnDemand Webcast with unlimited access and no expiration