Transgender at Work
Resources for Transgender Workers
You want to work for the best business in the world. Included in the working
conditions should be a fair paycheck, a job where you can contribute your
best, and a work environment where you can be yourself without harrassment
or fear of discrimination. An employer who affirms, in their EO policy
for everyone to see, that they will not discriminate against transgender people.
How can you find such a company? If your company is progressive, but doesn't
have the policy, how can you help them improve it?
This site collects resources for workers and advocates who believe that
companies should treat all their employees fairly, including those whose
gender presentation isn't quite Barbie or Rambo. While civil rights laws
are important, Transgender at Work focuses on voluntary cooperation between
employers and transgender workers.
How to Transition in the Workplace.
Not sure how to go about transitioning at work?
Afraid they'll fire you?
But people have done it before.
If you approach it right, you have a good chance at a successful transition on the job.
For some tips, see the
TAW Transition Checklist.
Does it work?
One transwoman writes of
her successful transition.
Is your ERG Trans-Inclusive?
The missions of groups for Gay and Lesbian employees should be expanded
to include at least Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender employees.
Use inclusive GLBT language in all titles and publications of these organizations.
The order of the groups is often rotated, such as LGBT or TBLG.
If your ERG's mission statement specifies only gay, lesbian, and bisexual,
TAW recommends that your first step should be to expand the
ERG's mission statement to include all four groups.
Consider including intersexual as well.
Good Companies to Work For
The snowball started in 1997 when Lucent Technologies added
characteristics or expression to their nondiscrimination policy. Apple
did the same in 1998. Since that time, more companies are adding trans-inclusive
language to their policies. Transgender at Work keeps a
of companies known to have trans-inclusive language in their policies.
Worknet project also offers a
engine to find companies with good policies.
Trans-Inclusive GLBT Employee Resource Groups
Is your company's ERG trans-inclusive? If not, perhaps your first
effort should be to ask them to amend their mission. You may find
the resources about Gender
Expression and the table of Common
Issues to be useful.
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 - What can you do?
It's often remarked that, whenever transgender people come out at work,
the issue that always seems to come up is
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.
Guidelines for the Workplace
Mary Ann, while an employee of Lucent Technologies, has written a set of
guidelines for transgender
employees. These guidelines are not anyone's official policy, but they
may be useful to others in the workplace of companies who do not discriminate
against transgender employees.
How to start a new Employee Resource Group
If your employer doesn't have a GLBT Employee Resource Group, here are
tips on forming one.
Positive media coverage
helps both the GLBT and HR communities show how diversity makes a difference
in the workplace.
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