TLDEF Board Member Pauline Park Featured on WNYC


The March 31st episode of WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show” explored an issue rarely covered in the mainstream media: discrimination against transgender job seekers.  Earlier this month, our friends at Make the Road New York released a report on discrimination against transgender job seekers in the retail sector.  Their investigation confirmed that many of the city’s biggest retailers were more likely to reject transgender applicants, even when their resumes and backgrounds were the same as those who got job offers.

Brian Lehrer was joined by TLDEF board member Pauline Park, chair and co-founder of the New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA), and Kendall Thomas, Nash Professor of Law and director of the Center for the Study of Law and Culture at Columbia University School of Law.

 

A quote from the interview:

PARK:  “[T]here is widespread, and deep, pervasive discrimination based on gender identity and expression here in New York City and in fact, throughout the country. We get calls at the NYAGRA office (New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy) on a regular basis from people who have been denied jobs... people who have perfectly good qualifications who are denied employment simply because of their gender identity or gender presentation.”