Tips: A Good Place to Work
HERE’S WHAT EMPLOYERS CAN DO TO MAKE THEIR WORKPLACES FAIRER AND MORE TRANS-FRIENDLY:
- Adopt a nondiscrimination policy that explicitly bars treating transgender people differently from other workers.
- Ensure that your employees have access to restrooms that match who they are. Add an all-gender restroom option. (See Lambda Legal’s “Equal Access to Public Restrooms,” another fact sheet in this Transgender Rights Toolkit, also available at lambdalegal.org/publications/toolkits).
- Use a health insurance company (such as Aetna, Cigna or Blue Cross/Blue Shield) that offers coverages for transition-related health care—and make sure you select for your employees plans that include that coverage. (Also see Lambda Legal’s “Transition-Related Health Care,” another fact sheet in this Transgender Rights Toolkit, also available at lambdalegal.org/publications/toolkit).
- Make your workplace culture welcoming to trans people by providing mandatory trainings on trans issues. Don’t wait until your first employee transitions; do it now in order to create a welcoming environment.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Lambda Legal at 212-809-8585,120 Wall Street, Suite 1900, New York, NY 10005-3919. If you feel you have experienced discrimination, contact our Help Desk at www.lambdalegal.org/help.