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.
Transgender people face some big challenges when it comes to harassment and discrimination on both personal and professional levels. And the negative impact stemming from violence and prejudiced actions on these individuals can have damaging, life-long effects.
According to some, California is now playing second fiddle to Massachusetts when it comes to equal pay based on gender. But Governor Jerry Brown recently signed California Assembly Bill 1676 into law. The new employment law bill that breezed through the Legislature (with practically no opposition) prohibits employers from solely using an applicant's salary history to justify wage disparity.
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In 1963, the Equal Pay Act was signed into law, yet women still earn significantly less than men while performing the same or substantially similar work. And despite California having some of the toughest equal pay laws in the entire nation, female workers in the Golden State still earn less than their male counterparts.
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.
As of January 1, 2016, California law was amended to include new employee protections under the Fair Pay Act. Under the new law, employees have the right to be paid equally, regardless of gender, for substantially similar work at the same employer. The purpose of the law is to help eliminate the gender pay gap, in which women often are paid significantly less than men for similar work.
A former employee of Yahoo recently sued the tech giant for gender discrimination, and the case has caught the attention of many major news outlets; not just because of the Yahoo brand, but because the fired employee is male.