Federal and state laws protect an assortment of people from different forms of discrimination and harassment at work. Employer mistreatment due to religious beliefs, age, sex, race or disability is a violation of those statutes. However, there are many employees who are still not protected against discrimination in the workplace based on their gender identity and sexual orientation.
Employers in San Diego and throughout the entire state of California are banned from discriminating against employees and job applicants based on their sex. This means that a man cannot be denied a job simply because he is a man, or a woman cannot be denied a promotion at work simply because she is a woman. This type of employment discrimination is illegal under the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964.
A recent federal appeals court ruling that was in favor of a transgender government employee may pave the way for other transgender employees in San Diego, and throughout the entire nation, to be treated more fairly in the workplace.
An employee of the DMV in San Francisco was suspended without pay after an incident in which he used private information about a transgender woman to mail her harassing materials. The transgender woman went to the DMV in order to change her name and sex on her driver's license. The employee complied with the request, but later he looked up the woman's private information and sent materials to her home address that told her that she was going to hell for being transgender.
A staggering number of LGBT employees experience discrimination in the workplace. Yet, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (federal legislation that would make it illegal for employers to discriminate based on sexual orientation) remains on the back-burner not only for politicians, but also LGBT rights activists.
A new study has found that almost half of all college-educated workers in the U.S. who are gay are in the closet at work. The study was conducted by the Center for Work-Life Policy. According to Yahoo! News, the study found that 48 percent of college-educated gay and lesbian people employed in the U.S. do not share their sexual orientation with their work colleagues. The study found that these employees often lead double lives; they are open about their sexual orientation in their personal life, but keep it hidden at their workplace.
The Center for American Progress reported recently on a Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research poll of the voting public in the U.S. that found strong support for anti-discrimination measures to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in the workplace.
San Diego Assemblymember Toni Atkins authored the Gender Nondiscrimination Act (AB 877), which is sponsored by Equality California and the Transgender Law Center, and introduced it to the State Assembly, which voted to pass the bill on Monday. The bill had bipartisan support.
A transgender man who was fired from his job has filed a lawsuit against his former employer claiming gender discrimination. The man was hired at a drug treatment center and his job included monitoring men as they urinated to ensure that they were not cheating on drug tests. The job was only open to men, which he and his attorney say is not the problem. The problem is that they say he was wrongfully terminated for not being a man because he is one.
The California DMV employee who allegedly wrote a letter to a transgender person warning her that she would go to hell has resigned from his position. The transgender woman filed a lawsuit against the DMV earlier this month asking for damages for suffering from embarrassment and emotional distress. She claims that after she went to the DMV to change her name and gender on her license, the DMV employee used her personal information to send her a letter at her home.