Mishcon de Reya is one of the firm's supporting the LGBT in the Workplace London Summit on Tuesday 7 March, which Legal Director Emma Woollcott, Managing Associate Will Winch and Associate Kate Astbury will be contributing to.
Although significant progress has been made, 34% of recently surveyed UK workers expressed the need to hide their sexuality in the workplace for fear of negative consequences.
The Director of Supporting LGBT in The Workplace Summit, Elizabeth Smith, said. “One would hope that creating a culture of inclusion in the workplace should be driven by a moral obligation to ensure all people are accepted regardless of gender, ethnicity or sexuality. Even when it’s not, there is a compelling business case to strive for this in the workplace.”
Not only have a significant number of transgender colleagues chose to leave their positions in order to transition due to stigma and lack of understanding, the stress and anxiety felt by many LGBT employees often leads to sick days and health problems. Of course this means a significant drop in an organisation’s productivity, with the added risk of potential legal costs of discrimination cases.
The agenda for the Summit features five of the Telegraph and Out at Work Top 50 Senior Executives – which includes Mishcon de Reya's Emma Woollcott - joined by a best-selling author and other influential leading executives in the LGBT diversity and inclusion spheres.
Speakers will deliver both practical and personal experience to share advice on the best ways for firms to support LGBT employees.
This summit is endorsed by MIND and OUTstanding.
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Mishcon de Reya has long been committed to ensuring and promoting equality and diversity. Over 50 years ago, our founder Lord Mishcon sat on the Wolfenden committee, which recommended that homosexual behaviour between consenting adults in private should no longer be a criminal offence. The firm has an active and inclusive LGBT+ Pride network which hosts regular events for clients, contacts and colleagues. More details can be found here.