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. Meanwhile, in pro and college sports, transgender individuals are increasingly vying to compete on the playing fields. 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. It’s unlikely that, given the change in the balance of power in Congress after the November 2010 elections, any meaningful federal legislation will be passed in the near future.

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