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As discussed in FindLaw's Law and Daily Life, a transgender teen is filing an employment discrimination complaint against McDonald's because she claims that they refused to hire her because she is transgender. The story brings up the important issue of workplace rights for transgender employment.
As of April 3, 2008, 98 cities and counties reportedly prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of gender identity in employment ordinances that govern public and private employers in those jurisdictions.
While current state laws differ widely and are in a state of flux, what is clear is that transgender employees have suffered from many forms of discrimination in the workplace.
According to the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund, around 47 % of transgender people report being fired, or denied a job or promotion, because of their trans status.
Here are some tips to prevent being one of those employers that discriminate against transgender individuals:
All of these measures are just a small step in order to ensure that all of your employees have rights in the workplace.
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.