two people by ocean with rainbow flag In addition to updating company policies and training to comply with the ruling, companies will also need to consider whether changes will need to be made to employee benefits. (Photo: Shutterstock)

This week, the Supreme Court handed down a big win for LGBTQ individuals, ruling that the protections imposed by the 1964 Civil Rights Act extended to gender identity and sexual orientation.

For many businesses, the ruling reinforces existing company policies, while others will have to do some major rewrites. No matter how inclusive an employer thinks their company culture is, however, the decision should spark a review of all policies and training to ensure it reinforces the new protections.

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is the current deputy editor for ALM's Business & Finance Markets and former managing editor for BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she has spent the past decade writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.

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