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Monday, August 22, 2011

'Trans'-cending stereotypes: Tackling transgender bias in the workplace - Business Management Daily

Here is an article in Business Management Daily from an employer's perspective about addressing transgender issues in the workplace. It's generally favorable, but I must disagree with the statement that federal courts are reluctant to extend protection to transgender employees. In fact, more than a dozen federal district courts have ruled in favor of transgender employees, and the 6th Circuit federal Court of Appeals, which includes the states of Kenutcky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, has also ruled that transgender people are entitled to protection.

'Trans'-cending stereotypes: Tackling transgender bias in the workplace - Business Management Daily: You can’t ignore transgender issues. And in New Jersey, you can’t ignore discriminatory behavior and harassment against transgender employees. That would be illegal under the NJLAD, and could result in costly litigation.

To minimize the possibility of discrimination against transgender employees in your workplace, follow these tips:

Train managers and employees to be sensitive and understanding toward transgender employees.
Allow transgender employees to express their preferred gender identity in the workplace.
Treat leaves of absence for sexual reassignment procedures the same as other scheduled medical procedures.

3 comments:

Vic said...

Personally, I believe that everyone should have the right to a job regardless of their gender preference. Everyone should be allowed a job and the ability to make a living for themselves. Discriminating against others because of their gender is not ok, even if others are different than you.

Vic said...

Personally, I believe that everyone should have the right to a job regardless of their gender preference. Everyone should be allowed a job and the ability to make a living for themselves. Discriminating against others because of their gender is not ok, even if others are different than you.

Silentdarkwolf said...

The problem is that even with all the sensitivity training in the world, people will be people. In just about every workspace I've been in, coworkers were hostile towards any difference in others. I don't see how the law will protect us from human nature.