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.
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.
On Wednesday, March 16, the Georgia House approved changes to HB 757, a bill that would have protected opponents of same-sex marriage, and offered less civil and employee protections to the LGBTQ community. The changes in the bill would have allowed people to lawfully decline performing same-sex marriages, prevent government burden of religious belief and would have even made it lawful for Georgia employers to refuse jobs to workers because of their sexual orientation.
In early October 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a handful of employment law bills that now offer more protections to people who are facing employment discrimination due to their gender identity. One of the landmark bills, Senate Bill SB 703 (SB 703), further protects transgender employees who work for companies doing business with California state agencies.