If a person is excluded from the table on the basis of their race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, disability unrelated to job requirements, or genetic information, is that equal treatment under law? Is it “special treatment” if laws require their inclusion at the table if they are otherwise qualified and those laws prohibit discrimination for such things? What about if such individuals receive a seat at the table, but aren’t permitted to speak or otherwise convey their thoughts and opinions? Is that “equal treatment”? Is it “special treatment” if laws require that these otherwise qualified individuals given seats at the table also be given equal opportunity to convey their thoughts and opinions? Is it “special treatment” if laws require that the thoughts and opinions conveyed by these individuals at the table be given equal consideration to those of everyone else of their same level and position?