India firms make progress towards equality in the workplace
A year since India’s Supreme Court decriminalized homosexuality, companies expand corporate programs to address concerns of LGBT employees

Bloomberg reports:

“In the year since India’s Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling that decriminalized homosexuality, there has been an important shift toward greater equality in the workplace: Co-workers are more sensitive to issues affecting LGBT people.

Multinationals and local companies have started or expanded corporate programs to address concerns of LGBT employees in the workplace. For many companies, one step has been to reconsider their hiring, benefits and workplace policies to make them more inclusive.

Despite progress, many employees are wary of stepping forward to take advantage of those benefits, given the risks of coming out as LGBT in India.

Despite progress, employers in India seeking to promote workplace equality still face significant challenges because India doesn’t recognize same-sex marriages or even civil partnerships. Companies that want to offer equal access to benefits must devise their own criteria for long-term partners, and many employees are wary of stepping forward to take advantage of those benefits, given the risks of coming out as LGBT in India.”

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