Monday, November 13, 2017

CEI Is Only As Good As Enforcement

I have heard a number of other companies with a high CEI rating firing or not caring about harassment of their trans employees.
HRC Yanks Walmart’s Perfect LGBT Score After Complaints Of Anti-Trans Discrimination
"Good corporate policy must be matched by a commitment to enforcement."
By Samantha Manzella
November 10, 2017

Walmart received a perfect 100 in HRC’s new 2018 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), but the LGBT advocacy group is retracting that score amid employee complaints of harassment and discrimination.

The penalty marks only the second time in the 16-year history of the CEI that a company’s rating has been suspended.

Multiple investigations by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission “pointed to significant enforcement gaps in Wal-Mart’s non-discrimination policy, specifically with regards to sex and gender identity,” HRC noted in its 2018 CEI report. “Pending remedial steps by the company, [Walmart’s] CEI rating is suspended.”
In a statement, the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, which is representing both plaintiffs, said that “good corporate policy must be matched by a commitment to enforcement.”
Not only does the HRC need a commitment to enforcement the CEI but also some type of employee feedback on how the company is enforcing their policies.

Even with all the laws we have companies are still finding a way around the law such as firing a trans person using an often unenforced company policy or another flimsy excuse. They count on the trans employee not to file a complaint with the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunity or sue. Many trans people do not file a complaint or sue their former employer because they know it will be a public record that prospective employers check.

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