The Sisters of Loretto recently updated their employment policy in July 2015 to include protections for individuals based on “gender identity” and “personal support for marriage equality.” These words were added with the passage of a proposal at the Loretto Assembly on July 12-17, 2015, and this was communicated to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
We offer this as an example of how other Catholic institutions might do something similar:
Paragraph 3.2 of the Employee Handbook of the Sisters of Loretto:
3.2 Equal Employment Opportunity Policy. The Loretto Literary and Benevolent Institution, an equal opportunity employer, is committed to providing equal opportunity to its employees/staff, applicants for employment, volunteers, and any applicants for or beneficiary of services, without discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnic background, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, personal support for marriage equality; pregnancy, childbirth or other related medical condition; disability, including HIV-related conditions; amnesty or status as a covered veteran, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. This policy applies to every aspect of employment, including but not limited to: hiring, advancement, transfer, demotion, lay-off, termination, compensation, benefits, training and working conditions.