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.
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.