By Lindsay Rittenhouse

As America awaits a decision from the Supreme Court in one of the most critical LGBTQ-rights cases in history (the high court will decide if men and women should be protected by law from workplace discrimination for their sexual orientation or gender identity), the U.S. today celebrates exactly what the plaintiffs are fighting for: the freedom to come out.

According to a new study from Kantar, a full 46 percent of LGBTQ employees across all industries in the U.S. remain closeted. Reasons include fear of being stereotyped (38 percent cite that as their primary concern for coming out), making people feel uncomfortable (36 percent), losing connections or relationships with coworkers (31 percent) and another 27 percent thinking that, just because they are LGBTQ, people will suspect they are attracted to their colleagues.

A call for a more inclusive workplace
In honor of National Coming Out Day on Friday, TBWAWorldwide’s commerce arm The Integer Group is going forward with a new campaign, #ActOutInteger, to let its employees know that its is safe to come out, free of judgment or discrimination. In a PSA that runs a little over four minutes, some of the agency’s LGBTQ employees discuss their own personal experiences with coming out, while others lend their support. Integer will be sharing their stories on social media with the hashtag #ActOutInteger. Going forward, it committed to partnering with local, national and internal groups to educate and train the staff on LGBTQ inclusion. Through 2020, #ActOutInteger will also run events, discussions, community service projects and marketing efforts for underrepresented organizations around LGBTQ milestones and celebrations in history.

“While diversity and inclusion have taken a front seat in the form of policies, employee network groups, and annual celebrations, propelled by societal demands, we believe we can—and must—do more,” says Ellen Cook, president of IntegerDallas and Los Angeles. “We believe that there isn’t one specific day or one specific month to address the truth and friction that many people face in the workplace, for example, the frictions that the LGBTQ community face through the daily process of coming out to each new person they meet.”

Publicis goes out with weak third-quarter financials early
Publicis Groupe quietly released its third-quarter earnings early this week, reporting an organic decline of 2.7 percent. The report was not set to be released until Oct. 16, but due to a French stock market regulations, if a company knows its financials and they are weaker than what is expected, the company has to release as soon as possible.

While the holding company reports net revenue was up 17.3 percent to 2.6 billion euro ($2.9 billion), it is now forecasting for a 2.5 percent organic decrease for the full 2019 year. Shares of Publicis plunged 8 percent on Thursday evening following the report and today, over 14 percent in Europe.

Publicis Groupe CEO and Chairman Arthur Sadoun blames the organic decline on “the cost of our transition.”

“We have clearly identified the challenges affecting our industry, and we haven’t lost a second in addressing them,” Sadoun says. “We have …read more

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