Transgender at Work
Resources for Employers
You want your business to be the Best in its Class. Every employee should
be working at peak productivity, without being distracted by harrassment
or fear of discrimination. Yet you aren't hearing much from your transgender
employees. Does this mean you don't have any? Or that they are to afraid
to come out?
This site collects resources for employers who would like to treat all
their employees fairly, including those whose gender presentation isn't
quite Barbie or Rambo. It can be difficult to enact policies without understanding
the issues. And, without clear nondiscrimination policies in place, most
transgender workers will fear for their jobs if they come out, or if
they are somehow found out.
Our goal is to understand the issues, and the solutions that have permitted
many companies to successfully make full use of their gender variant workers.
Some background - What is this all about, anyway?
What does "Transgender" mean? How many Transgenders are there? What do
all these words mean? Read some background
Equal Employment Opportunity - Is Discrimination OK?
Does your company have an EO policy prohibiting discrimination based
on gender? Should it? What language should you use? What issues will such
a policy raise in your workplace?
TAW's EO Policy Primer answers your questions.
Writing a Transgender Transition Policy?
If you're writing an HR policy to cover gender transition on the job,
you may need some guideance.
Transgender at Work has prepared a list of
to help you write your policy.
Benchmark of Best Current Practices
In 2000, Transgender at Work sponsored a benchmark
comparing the best current practices of five Fortune 500 companies affecting
transgender workers. Can your company learn from the successes
of other progressive businesses?
The restroom - How to handle this touchy situation?
It's often remarked that, whenever transgender people come out
at work, the issue that always seems to come up is
"what restroom will she (or he) use?"
Restrooms are a mundane part of life, but yet this one issue causes
more discussion than any other aspect of the transition.
Ironically, it's not objections by coworkers that cause the problem,
it's fear among the decision makers that somebody might object.
Medical Benefits for Transsexual Employees
Does your health benefits plan contain an exclusion clause saying that
no medical benefits related to transsexualism will be covered? How
does this exclusion affect your transsexual employees? How much would
it cost your company to include the benefit? Find out in TAW's Transgender
Health Benefits Primer.
Gender Expression in the Workplace
Can your company discriminate against a gay man who is visibly "too gay" in
the workplace? Or against a women who is "pushy" or "aggressive",
or who always wears pants, when these same traits would be valued in a
man? What about crossdressers? Find out.
What steps should be taken to manage the transition process in the workplace
from one gender to another?
TAW offers a
Positive media coverage helps both the GLBT and
HR communities show how diversity makes a difference in the workplace.
There are many useful
and publications to understand the transgender community, and how to
help them be their most productive the workplace, in detail.
We answer the Frequently Asked Questions by Employers
about transgender workplace issues.
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