NORDSCI Conference proceedings 2022, Book 2

Business and Management

DIVERSITY MANAGEMENT IN INDIA: TOWARDS INCLUDING LESBIAN GAY, BISEXUAL+ AND TRANSGENDER EMPLOYEES

Assist. Prof. Dr. Nidhi S. Bisht

ABSTRACT

Organisations, irrespective of their size, sector, or location, are expected to manage workplace diversity and progress toward including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)+ employees at work. Although in the absence of any anti-discrimination law, legal compliance is not a key driver for companies in India to adopt LGBT+ friendly policies at work, a few companies in India, particularly multinationals, have started considering LGBT+ employees in their diversity management agenda. These companies recognise the importance of treating LGBT+ employees with dignity, thus mitigating the risk of losing their talent to other progressive and liberal competitors’. Given that workplace experiences cannot be discussed without looking at the broader national context, the article provides a selective overview of the LGBT+ rights movement in India and then describes actions taken by some organisations in managing LGBT+ diversity at work. We close the article by suggesting measures for leveraging LBGT diversity at work by focusing on inclusion, thus going beyond rhetoric.

KEYWORDS

LGBT+, India, diversity, inclusion

REFERENCE

NORDSCI Conference proceedings 2022, Book 2,Volume 5, ISSN 2603-4107, ISBN 978-619-7495-30-0, DOI paper 10.32008/NORDSCI2022/B2/V5/02, Pages 23 - 32 pp