US: Although transgender workers face steep barriers, corporate America wants to hire them

People in the transgender, gender nonbinary and nonconforming community also face barriers staying employed.

Sixteen percent of Washington respondents said they lost a job because of their gender identity or expression, and 28% reported being fired, denied a promotion, or not being hired for a job they applied for because of their gender identity or expression, the survey found.

One reason is that members of the community don’t enjoy the same rights that women, minorities and people with disabilities have long fought for: Currently, there is no federal law that prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression.

That may change if the U.S. Supreme Court decides to hear the case of Aimee Stephens, a transgender woman who reportedly was fired from her job after coming out to her boss — and rules on whether transgender employees are protected under the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

But companies that count themselves as progressive aren’t waiting on definitive legal opinions.

In recent years, more companies are adhering to nondiscrimination policies, gender transition guidelines and adding access to inclusive health care, according to the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, which releases an annual report rating workplaces on LGBTQ equality rights. Read more via Los Angeles Times