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The Forgotten “T” in LGBT Diversity: Best Practices for Creating a Transgender-Inclusive Workplace
Tuesday 06/19/2018 07:00 AM - 08:15 AM Add to calendar
1.25 SHRM PDCs | Competencies: HR Expertise, Ethical Practice | Intended Audience: Midlevel
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You will learn about best practices, market trends and legal obligations for creating an inclusive workplace for transgender employees. 

When discussing how to create an LGBT-inclusive workplace, too often the employees represented by the last letter of the acronym are overlooked. Recent developments have brought the unique challenges faced by transgender employees into the national spotlight and have demonstrated the need for deliberate effort to create an inclusive workplace. So far, 19 states have passed laws that prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and expression. In addition, federal law has recently been interpreted to ban gender identity discrimination as a form of prohibited sex discrimination. Employees who have transitioned, are actively transitioning, or are considering transitioning can face additional challenges in the workplace, from notifying their supervisors and coworkers to changing their appearance, name, and preferred pronouns. This session will help you:

  • Understand gender identity, gender expression, and gender transitioning, and how they are distinct from sexual orientation.
  • Learn how to implement gender transition guidelines and other policies that affect transgender employees, such as gender-neutral dress codes, equal access to restrooms, and confidentiality.
  • Understand the provision of benefits, such as medical leave and healthcare coverage for transitioning employees.
  • Identify best practices for creating a comfortable work environment for customer-facing transgender employees.
  • Recognize the importance of creating an inclusive culture, including consistently using employees' preferred names and pronouns.
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Todd A. Solomon, Partner,
McDermott Will & Emery, LLP