Transgender people still face a lot of discrimination

| Jul 30, 2015 | Workplace Discrimination |

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 transgender discrimination in the workplace. For example, if an employee has concerns about a coworker’s gender identity, a manager could talk to them and help them to understand what’s going on. Although managers should listen to employees’ concerns without judging them, it is important for managers to be clear that discriminatory treatment of a transgender employee wil not be tolerated. In some work situations, it may be appropriate for an employer to install a unisex bathroom.

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.

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