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    Transgender Issues in the Workplace

    Date: January 24, 2017, 11:30am – 1:00pm
    Don Knudson, Gunderson Palmer
    Black Hills State University Rapid City Campus
    4300 Cheyenne Blvd.
    Rapid City, SD 57709
    $25 for non-members, $15 for members
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    Topic summary:: A person's "gender identity" does not always correspond to their "gender assigned at birth".  As a result, they may appear and behave in a manner which is consistent with their gender identity but inconsistent with their biological gender.  This may lead to HR issues in the workplace.

    In the past few years several state and federal agencies have begun to interpret the phrase "because of sex" in Title VII and in state statutes to include a prohibition against discrimination on the basis of one's gender identity.  Lawsuits are currently working their way through the court system.

    What are the best practices for handling such issues as the courts and legislatures attempt to resolve these difficult issues?  Come to this meeting to discuss and learn about recommended responses to the most common workplace concerns.

    1. Click here to register for this event. REGISTRATION closes for this event on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 11:59pm BUT meal selection deadline is Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 11:59pm.**Please note that if you register for the meeting after the meal selection deadline, you will not be guaranteed a meal.  
    2. Click here to pay online by credit card for this event.  You may also choose to pay via credit card or by check at the door.  Cash NOT accepted.

    Pending approval for SHRM-PDC and HRCI credit.

    About the speaker:: Donald Knudsen is a partner with the Rapid City law firm of Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson  & Ashmore, LLP.  In June he will have been with the firm for 30 years.  His practice concentrates on employment matters.

    He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, an exclusive organization whose members must have tried more than 30 civil jury trials to a verdict.

    Mr. Knudsen is also the West River attorney who advises local governmental entities (e.g., cities, townships, counties, etc.) on employment issues through the South Dakota Public Assurance Alliance Employment Law Hotline.

    He has personal experience defending a Rapid City business who was charged with gender identity discrimination by the EEOC.  This was one of three test cases the EEOC commenced in the US to attempt to gain judicial recognition of its interpretation of the Title VII as including the concept of gender identity.