Building an Inclusive Workplace for Transgender Employees

Question: Are you creating a truly inclusive workplace?

Answer: When employers discuss creating an LGBT-inclusive workplace, too often they overlook the employees represented by the last letter of the acronym.

Why this is important: Recent developments have brought the unique challenges faced by transgender employees into the national spotlight and have demonstrated the need for deliberate effort to create an inclusive workplace. So far, 19 states have passed laws that prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and expression. In addition, federal law has recently been interpreted to ban gender identity discrimination as a form of prohibited sex discrimination, and the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on this issue soon. Employees who have transitioned, are actively transitioning, or are considering transitioning can face additional challenges in the workplace, from notifying their supervisors and coworkers to changing their appearance, name, and preferred pronouns. By implementing policies designed to create a transgender-inclusive workplace, employers can ensure that all of their employees feel welcomed and valued.

Learning objectives:

– Overall objective of session – Best practices, market trends and legal obligations for creating transgender-inclusive policies, practices and workplace culture.
– Understand gender identity, gender expression, and gender transitioning, and how they are distinct from sexual orientation.
– Learn about implementing gender transition guidelines and other policies that affect transgender employees, such as gender-neutral dress codes, equal access to restrooms, and confidentiality.
– Discuss the provision of benefits, such as medical leave and healthcare coverage for transitioning employees.
– Review best practices for creating a comfortable work environment for customer-facing transgender employees.
– Recognize the importance of creating an inclusive cultur

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