two people by ocean with rainbow flag In addition to updating company policies and training tocomply with the ruling, companies will also need to considerwhether 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 Actextended to gender identity and sexual orientation.

For many businesses, the ruling reinforces existing companypolicies, while others will have to do some major rewrites. Nomatter how inclusive an employer thinks their company culture is,however, the decision should spark a review of all policies andtraining to ensure it reinforces the new protections.

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is director, content analytics 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.