Nondiscrimination Policies clearly state the type of discrimination and harassment that is unacceptable for this organization, how to report and file grievances, consequences of violating the policies, and protection against retaliation.
Additionally, look for a statement of the organization's commitment to investigate all complaints (both present and prior).
Here are a few policies as recommended from the Human Rights Campaign:
Diversity & Cultural Competence Training: In every organization, there will be individuals who are at different levels of intercultural competency and who are unaware of how implicit biases may affect their overall behavior.
While some organizations create spaces to discuss the ways in which privilege and inclusion impact employees’ lives at work, others may not have a common practice of open conversations in the work environment.
Diversity trainings are on-going, routine professional development opportunities to build upon intercultural competencies within the workplace, and set the expectation for individuals to respect all other individuals within the organization.
Ask how regularly staff members are provided professional development related to equity, diversity, and inclusion at the department-level as well as within the entire organization.
Employee Resource Groups: Affinity groups within the organization may include a mentorship program for professionals of color, LGBTQ, professionals with disabilities, and other groups from marginalized populations.
For example, T-Mobile offers six employee resource groups.
By looking at an organization's human resources web page, you can see what current inclusive diversity initiatives are offered to engage and support employees.
Health Insurance and Benefits: When browsing the benefits package, take a look to see if it promotes inclusivity, such as by providing transition-related health care, and partner benefits.
Inclusive health insurance plans may include:
- Mental health counseling (E.g. benefit covers gender-affirming care)
- Pharmacy benefit (E.g. benefit covers hormone replacement therapy)
- Medical visits and lab procedures (E.g. benefit covers of medical visits to monitor effects of hormone therapy and associated lab procedures)
- Surgical procedures (E.g. benefit covers surgeries such as hysterectomy for purposes of sex affirmation or reassignment)
- Paid short-term Leave (so long as this benefit is not subject to transgender exclusion)
- In-network healthcare providers that represent a variety of identities (use the find-a-doctor function on the health plan webpage)
- Other inclusive benefits may include the following. Please note, this is not an exhaustive list:
- Paid holidays/floating holidays/Religious holiday flexibility
- Guaranteed Paid Parental Leave
- Transportation Support for Procedures Not Provided In-State (E.g. some reproductive healthcare)
- Flexible Scheduling
- Student Loan Reimbursement
- Tuition Benefits
- Retirement Benefits
- Mental Health Days
- Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs)
- Employee Relocation Package
- Paid Time Away to Volunteer
- On-site Health Centers and Fitness Centers
- Continuing Education/Professional Development Funds
- Adoption Assistance Reimbursement