Transgender Employees

Recent developments in the area of transgender rights have put employers on notice that additional workplace changes may be on the way. In November 2010, Victoria Kolakowski was elected to the California Superior Court by almost a 10,000-vote margin, representing the first transgender trial judge to be elected in the United States. On the workplace front, there is no federal law protecting transgender employees’ rights, but many states, cities, and organizations as well as individual employers have adopted protections. In 2012, the EEOC ruled that employment discrimination based on an individual's gender identity, change of sex, and/or transgender status is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII.

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