Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Corporate America: Get Ready for Trans Employees - THE ADVOCATE

by JACOB ANDERSON-MINSHALL
Originally published: November 27, 2017
Publisher: TheAdvocate.com 

With a long history of diversity trainers, corporations have done well addressing the needs of gay and lesbian workers. But in its 2016 report Injustice at Every Turn, the National Center for Transgender Equality found that 90 percent of the 6,450 transgender and gender-nonconforming people surveyed reported “experiencing harassment or mistreatment on the job or took actions to avoid it.” In fact, 47 percent reported being fired, not hired, or denied a promotion because of their gender identity.

Efforts to address employment discrimination against trans and gender-variant people have been going on for decades. Lucent established one of the earliest workplace nondiscrimination policies in 1997 in response to efforts by employee Mary Ann Horton, who told Fortune magazine in 2015, “Once a Fortune 500 pledged not to discriminate, I thought maybe some other companies might want to do that, too. So I started waving the flag in the trans community, encouraging others to bring it up.”