Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Transgender Workplace Equality

The National LGBTQ Task Force & the District of Columbia (DC) Office of Human Rights have published a new resource to help eliminate workplace discrimination against transgender & gender non-conforming people. The guide “Valuing Transgender Applicants & Employees” provides in depth best practices intended to help employers across the nation create a genuinely inclusive & welcoming workplace environment for transgender people. Victoria Rodríguez-Roldán, Trans/Gender Nonconforming Justice Project Director, National LGBTQ Task Force stated, “Everyone, including transgender people, deserve a fair chance at a good paying job & the ability to provide for themselves & their families. Transgender people face formidable discrimination & harassment in the workplace. This new resource provides vital recommendations for employers & human resource specialists looking to ensure that transgender people are treated with dignity & respect in the workplace.” Currently 19 states & Washington DC have explicit workplace nondiscrimination protections based on gender identity & expression. Among the most progressive & comprehensive non-discrimination laws that include gender identity or expression is DC’s Human Rights Act (HRA). Mónica Palacio, Director of the DC Office of Human Rights concluded, “While many jurisdictions across the nation do not have explicit protections for transgender workers, in the District of Columbia we are fortunate to have a strong law that prohibits employment discrimination against transgender people. Yet many times employers that want to create welcoming environments are unsure of how best to do that. We believe this best practices guide will be an important starting place for those employers that want to build transgender-inclusive workplaces.”
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