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Webinar Recording: Why Equal Marriage Matters for Businesses

As arguments for and against equal marriage are heard at the U.S. Supreme Court, among the voices in favour of striking down same-sex marriage bans, and allowing same-sex couples to marry across all 50 states, will be 379 of America’s most well-known businesses. Their goal in doing so is to ensure that every member of their workforces are provided with equal dignity under the law. This is the latest indication that inclusion is now a business imperative and organizations are going to great lengths to ensure employees feel comfortable bringing their whole selves to the workplace.

In this webinar Kenji Yoshino, Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at the NYU School of Law, discussed his latest book, Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial, which examines the path of the Hollingsworth v. Perry case through the U.S. judicial system to the impending Supreme Court decision on equal marriage. Catalyst’s own research on the career experiences of women and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees have shown disconnects between supportive regulatory regimes and the “on the ground” experiences of underrepresented groups in the workplace, where LGBT women can often face compounded the barriers to advancement.

Professor Yoshino also discussed the importance of equal marriage for inclusive workplaces, especially as it relates to his ground-breaking work on the concept of covering and how it affects every member of the workforce, and what organizations need to do to ensure their employees are able to bring their whole selves to work.