Jewish Journal

Nation’s Largest LGBT Org to Explore Workplace Policies at Jewish Non-Profits

by Naomi Goldberg

January 25, 2011 | 9:49 am

Yesterday, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced receipt of grants from the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, The Morningstar Foundation, and Stuart S. Kurlander to study the workplace policies for LGBT employees at Jewish non-profit organizations.

HRC already releases the Corporate Equality Index, which gauges workplace equality at many of the nation’s largest companies and law firms. It is one of the few places that follows corporate policy and it has been used as a tool to encourage other employers, including the Federal Government, to extend benefits to LGBT employees.

What do you think that this investigation will find?  Do you work for Jewish non-profits?  How have your experiences been? Do you have domestic partner benefits? Does your organization have non-discrimination policies or gender neutral restrooms? Have you felt supported?

Anecdotally, given the lack of “family supportive” policies, including paid maternity/paternity leave, at Jewish organizations, it is hard to imagine that the results show amazing equality for LGBT employees. But, it is important to point out the gaps, which is probably part of this effort.

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