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How to Prevent Discrimination Against Transgender, Transsexual or Cross-Dressing Employees in the Workplace

Author: Jason Habinsky, Haynes & Boone

Preventing gender identity discrimination against transgender, transsexual or cross-dressing employees in the workplace may present unique challenges for employers and supervisors. It is especially difficult to know how to respond to employees who are still in transition between sexes and are dealing with the repercussions of that transition on their lives both inside and outside of work. Employers also need to be aware that certain localities may have laws that specifically address the rights of such employees in the workplace.

It is also important to realize that not all employees may be comfortable with transgender, transsexual or cross-dressing co-workers. If employers and supervisors fail to properly handle this, it may lead to tension in the workplace and lower employee productivity and morale. To effectively prevent discrimination against transgender, transsexual or cross-dressing employees, employers should follow these steps.