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In your role as an ERG or Diversity council member, you are likely to be asked to explain various aspects of diversity and inclusion. Questions about diversity may be asked of you when you're in meetings, in the break room, in the cafeteria, or when you're walking down the hall. The Association's Tough Questions are sure to enhance your skills and confidence in responding to diversity and inclusion questions. This page will help prepare you to articulate meaningful answers to expected or unexpected questions.

Below is a sample question and answer...to see more, become a member.


We have been hearing a lot about "Bathroom Bills" being passed and not passed in state legislatures around the country. Do these "Bathroom bills" apply here at work?

In May 2016, the EEOC released a fact sheet detailing its position on how so-called bathroom bills apply in the employment context. The EEOC considers that an employer who denies employees access to use the restroom of the gender with which they identify is discriminating on the basis of sex. Under the EEOC's position, it is unlawful for an employer to require transgender employees to provide proof of surgery or medical procedure before permitting restroom access. It is also unlawful for an employer to require transgender employees to use a single-user restroom.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) takes a similar position. In Best Practices: A Guide to Restroom Access for Transgender Workers, OSHA stated that all employees should be able to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity


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