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Transgender Workers Dilemma

By Charlotte Robinson, September 08, 2013
A new report offers the most comprehensive analysis to date of the inequities facing transgender workers in the American workforce, from finding & keeping good jobs, to having equal access to job-related benefits, to obtaining adequate health insurance coverage. ”A Broken Bargain for Transgender Workers” is a companion to the recently released report, “A Broken Bargain: Discrimination, Fewer Benefits and More Taxes for LGBT Workers.” The report also offers specific recommendations for policymakers & employers to reduce & eliminate inequities for transgender workers & help restore America’s basic workplace bargain of fairness & equality. Winnie Stachelberg, Executive Vice President of External Affairs at the Center for American Progress stated, “Far too often, employers offer health benefits that do not provide the coverage & medical leave that are crucial to the well-being & security of transgender workers and their families. Workplace fairness means more than freedom from harassment; it means equal access to the benefits that transgender employees need to live healthy & productive lives.” Recent CAP polling shows that 73 percent of voters support protecting transgender people from discrimination in employment. Despite this strong public support, no federal law provides explicit legal protections for transgender workers based on gender identity/expression & only 17 states & the District of Columbia offer these protections. As a result, transgender workers face higher rates of unemployment & are at greater risk of poverty. We need to pass ENDA (Employment Nondiscrimination Act) Now!! Updates to Come...:)
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