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OSHA Taking Steps to End Discrimination against Transgender People in the Workplace

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The Labor Department's Occupational Safety And Health Administration recently announced that it plans to make the American workplace more inclusive and more accommodating of the special safety and health concerns faced by transgender employees.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, it will cooperate and collaborate with the National Center for Transgender Equality, and will begin working on the issuance of guidance that is specifically designed to improve health and safety conditions for transgender employees. The alliance will collaborate by sharing information on transgender worker rights, and define employer responsibility when it comes to transgender workers.

According to data provided by the National Center for Transgender Equality, more than half of all transgender workers have been fired from their job because of discrimination, and 22% have no access to a gender-appropriate restroom in the workplace. These are the kind of issues that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration wants to address. This is a landmark move for the federal agency because it marks the first time that the agency is specifically looking at enhancing workplace conditions for transgender employees, and is directly joining hands with a transgender advocacy group towards that goal.

As part of that initiative, the federal agency is likely to push for companies to enact workplace policies that specifically address the safety and health issues facing transgender workers. One of the issues is the fact that many managers and supervisors do not respect name change, and do not provide access to appropriate restroom facilities. Having access to appropriate restroom facilities is a vital health and safety issue for transgender employees.

If you have faced discrimination or any type of harassment in the workplace, you may have legal options. Speak to a San Jose employment lawyer about your options.

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