By now, many California residents have read or heard the reports about prominent transgender woman Caitlyn Jenner. The largely supportive reaction that Jenner has received since announcing her gender transition has led many to believe that transgender people are more accepted in society. However, transgender people still have few legal protections in the workplace, and discrimination against transgender people is rampant.
A recent survey found that 90 percent of the transgender people who responded said that they had been discriminated against in some way for being transgender. One out of four of the survey’s respondents said that they had lost a job because of the way that they chose to express their gender.
Managers who work with transgender employees can do a lot to prevent
There are state laws in California that protect transgender employees from workplace discrimination. A transgender person who has lost their job or been subjected to a hostile work environment may want to speak with an attorney about taking legal action against the liable parties. Even if transgender harassment came from coworkers, an employer may be held accountable for allowing it to continue unchecked.