Employment: Know Your Rights!
Transgender and gender non-conforming people face tremendous obstacles to securing fair and steady employment. Pervasive discrimination limits their options. Difficulties obtaining gender-appropriate identity documents add to the problem, even for those who “pass” convincingly in the gender with which they identify. Those who are able to secure employment often face on-the-job harassment because of their gender identity and expression. Daily matters that are routine for non-transgender employees – like complying with gendered dress codes or accessing sex-segregated restrooms – can become sources of contention and friction when transgender and gender non-conforming employees are involved. The end result is a community that is disproportionately underemployed, unemployed, and poor.
The difficult economic climate we face today only makes matters worse, and it's important to know your rights when it comes to employment discrimination. To help, we've prepared a pamphlet outlining your rights in the workplace. It includes practical information about how to recognize and respond to gender-based discrimination at work. You can view the color brochure here or download a printer-friendly version here. If you need printed copies of the brochure, please contact us.
We're here to help. If you need more information about employment laws where you live, or believe that you've been subject to discrimination, contact us for assistance.