On the other hand, one reason the CDC should not address these issues when hiring employees is because there are no laws at the federal level that protect LGBT individuals from experiencing employment discrimination. Title VII protects the LGBT community from discrimination because of sex but does not protect sexual orientation discrimination[Ste17]Furthermore, another factor is there are no state laws in 28 states that explicitly prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, and in 30 states that do so based on gender identity[Hum17]. Lastly, the agency could risk losing valuable employees if they feel as though they are not supported. Employees who are a part of the LGBT community might feel like an
outcast and eventually end of leaving the company. Employers can’t sacrifice one demographic of employees in order to satisfy the wants and needs of another. If the CDC starts tailoring their hiring practice towards one group of employees they risk alienating future applicants. Ethics and Diversity TrainingThe CDC has a workforce that is made up of various cultural backgrounds. The main priority of the agency is to ensure that differences and similarities between coworkers and the public they serve is acknowledged, celebrated, and respected[Cen171]. By working with individuals who represent different values and perspectives, the CDC takes on the approach of trying to make sure their workforce reflects the same in the communities that they serve They areconstantly trying to make sure they provide both state and local health departments with ethics training. In order to help local agencies, the CDC developed a training manual that includes an introduction to public health ethics, relevant case studies, suggestions for integrating ethics into health departments, and additional resources [Cen171]. Employees are also required to uphold the ethical standards stated in the United States code that require employees to refrain from engaging in activities that would place the employees’ personal interests above the Federal Government interests [Cen171].To help with ethics related activities, the CDC developed Ethics and Compliance Activity(ECA) department to provide services and assistance with interpreting standards of conduct regulations, reviewing financial disclosure reports, and offering ethics training and counseling services to help employees avoid ethics violations[Cen171]. The goal of this department is not only to provide ongoing training to incoming and future employees but also to ensure that the public still trusts government officials.
The mission of CDC mandates that its activities have the highest level of integrity to promote top quality public health[Cen171].The strengths of the agency’s ethics office is that they integrate ethical tools in day to day operations across the entire agency. They are focused oncreating an environment and culture that supports and develops ethical practices, raising staff