A growing audience is exploring previously unknown issues related to gender identification, thus gaining a newfound understanding and tolerance. It’s time for society as a whole, especially the workplace, to do the same.
More and more businesses are recognizing the harassment and discrimination facing transgender individuals, even in the most liberal cities and industries. Transgender rights are slowly coming to the forefront, being confronted with the same level of seriousness as minorities, older workers, and the disabled. This makes good sense, as well as big dollars and cents, according to some in HR who have taken the lead on this issue.
Many of the largest firms in the nation are creating corporate non-discrimination policies specific to gay and transgender workers. In fact, according to a recent report from Human Rights Campaign, 89 percent of rated Fortune 500 firms provide employment protection on the basis of gender identity, and 53 percent afford transgender-inclusive healthcare coverage options. To further their transgender-friendly culture, many are participating in LGBT career fairs to enhance the diversity of their firms.