Employment of Trans People

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2010 National LGBT Conference
30 July 2010

Submitted by Transgender Caucus

Conference notes that trans people continue to experience discrimination in both gaining initial employment and retaining employment once they have transitioned and although social attitudes have moved on and despite much positive legislative change in recent years, there is still problems being encountered in the workplace.

There is concern that Coalition Government may not be fully supportive of trans people in the workplace despite new legislation coming into play in October in the form of the new equality act.

Existing legislation provides a degree of protection against discrimination for trans people as indicated above in the area of employment and their legal recognition as men and woman in their acquired gender. However, more needs to be done to support workers in actually gaining employment in the Public Sector and that covert discrimination should be outlawed and that practices of getting rid of transgendered workers should not be tolerated under any circumstances.

Trans people have the right to dignity, sensitivity and respect in the field of work and equal opportunities must be guaranteed.

We call upon the National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Committee to work with the National Executive Council and Regions and other public sector unions to:

Engage with employers in the Public Sector to eliminate covert discrimination and to ensure that transgendered people receive an open, equal and transparent approach when seeking employment and that once in employment they receive the full support of their employers to retain their jobs without prejudice.