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.
California is one of 17 states that prohibit gender identity discrimination at work. This means that California employers are barred from mistreating employees who are either gender nonconforming or transgender. But while California has some of the strongest LGBT protections in the United States, transgender workers still face significant disparities in the workplace by employers and coworkers who defy state laws. Therefore, it is crucial for employees to understand California's gender identity discrimination laws and how they protect workers from unlawful discrimination and harassment in the workplace.
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?