Magazine article The Nation's Health

DC Civil Rights Officials Release Transgender Employment Guide

Magazine article The Nation's Health

DC Civil Rights Officials Release Transgender Employment Guide

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WITH THE MAJORITY of transgender Americans reporting discrimination and mistreatment on the job, a new resource from the District of Columbia Office of Human Rights is designed to help employers create inclusive workplaces for transgender employees.

Released in June, "Valuing Transgender Applicants and Employees" offers in-depth best practices that employers can use to create welcoming workplace environments for transgender people. The first-of-its-kind resource, developed jointly by the D.C. Office of Human Rights and the National LGBTQ Task Force, includes guidance on maintaining confidentiality, using proper names and pronouns, ensuring access to restrooms, implementing gender-neutral dress codes and addressing challenges that might arise with other workers.

While Washington, D.C., has comprehensive nondiscrimination laws that include gender identity and expression on the books, a 2015 D.C. Office of Human Rights report, "Qualified and Transgender," found that 48 percent of employers surveyed appeared to prefer at least one less-qualified nontransgender applicant over a more-qualified transgender applicant.

"Everyone, including transgender people, deserve(s) a fair chance at a good paying job and the ability to provide for themselves and their families," said Victoria Rodriguez-Roldan, Trans/Gender Non-comforming Justice Project director at the National LGBTQ Task Force, in a news release. "Transgender people face formidable discrimination and harassment in the workplace. …

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