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Ashley Norgard Quoted in Springfield Business Journal

News | November 1, 2019



Ashley Norgard, an attorney in the firm’s Springfield office, was recently quoted in the October 28 Springfield Business Journal article “Inclusivity on the Line.”

The article reports on businesses in southwest Missouri that are working to take action toward inclusivity while the U.S. Supreme Court justices debate the legality of adding federal protections for LGBTQ employees. According to the article, Missouri is one of 28 states without discrimination laws related to sexual orientation and gender identity. 

Ms. Norgard, who often advises clients on policies related to sexual orientation and gender identity, says, “It’s hard to tell which way the Supreme Court is going to fall on this issue.” She continues, “Most employers already want to create a culture of respect in their workplace; it’s not that big a leap for most employers to provide that additional protection…but some employers are conservative and risk adverse and so they don’t want to voluntarily accept any more potential risk than they are required to under state and federal law.”

The Springfield Business Journal article can be read here