A Bay Area educational technology company has been sued for retaliation and gender identity discrimination. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has accused San Mateo-based IXL Learning Inc. of violating federal law by firing product analyst, Adrian Scott Duane after he spoke out against the company’s discrimination practices online.
If you are planning to transition while working in California, state employment law protects workers from discrimination and harassment due to gender identity and gender expression, regardless of their assigned sex at birth. Because California has some of the strongest transgender rights laws in the entire nation, employees are beginning to feel more comfortable about transitioning in the workplace. But what are California’s transgender rights laws as they relate to gender transition at work?
Our passionate employment attorneys at Hennig Ruiz support and volunteer their time to several LGBTQ organizations in Los Angeles. We also often use our Twitter account to equip the California LGBTQ community with helpful information regarding sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination laws. However, our account also focuses on other areas of employment law. Therefore, we have created a new infographic that lists some of our favorite LGBTQ Twitter accounts in California.
From the latest developments in LGBTQ employee protections, to California LGBTQ news, and resources for LGBTQ families, you will be sure to find incredibly valuable content by following these Twitter handles.
Transgender issues have taken the country by storm this year. Individual states have vastly different positions on transgender issues, including the rights that transgender employees have in the workplace.
At present, there are no federal laws that protect transgender employees from workplace discrimination or harassment based on sexual orientation and gender identity, so it is up to the individual states to provide transgender employees with legal protections concerning harassment and discrimination in the workplace. Fortunately, California has some of the strongest transgender rights laws in the nation.
Despite recent victories for LGBT civil rights, many obstacles remain in the workplace cry out for legal remedies. Currently, about 21% of LGBT employees report workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation with respect to hiring, promotion and pay.
Of all discrimination complaints, about 1 in 25 come from LGBT workers. And sadly, many LGBT employees still remain closeted at work for fear of discrimination or alienation from coworkers. 40% of LGBT employees experience harassment at work, and the numbers are even higher for transgender people — 90% of whom face workplace discrimination.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published a transgender employee fact sheet on Monday that concludes it’s a civil rights violation to deny transgender workers the right to use gender-identity appropriate bathrooms. This is a step in the right direction in giving transgender individuals the freedom to be themselves without fear of being subjected to workplace discrimination.
Recently, transgender rights have been a hot topic in news headlines and have been fiercely debated in California and across the country. While acceptance of LGBT individuals is certainly expanding nationally, California employment law offers some of the strongest protections to LGBT employees in the nation. But many California businesses don’t know how to properly handle transgender employees who are transitioning on the job. Some aren’t even aware what is legal under California employment law when it comes to gender discrimination – particularly discrimination based on gender identity.
Enter Carolyn Weiss, veteran employee of the City of Los Angeles who saw this as an opportunity to help local businesses abide by transgender rights laws, rules and regulations with the launch of her company, Transgender Business Services.