The Struggle to Change Your Gender While Keeping Your Job

The Struggle to Change Your Gender While Keeping Your Job:

“Many of the 700,000 transgender people in the U.S. are forced to make careful calculations about what to say—and how to look—at work “

(Via. Bloomberg)

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3 thoughts on “The Struggle to Change Your Gender While Keeping Your Job

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    That news story is all well and good.

    Words of warning – re-read the article carefully. You have no Constitutional protections. Your employer can fire you on the accusation that you are trans – some may do that regardless of that validity – you have no recourse. You might get lucky and appeal to Un-employment Insurance based on a ‘hostile work environment’.

    I speak from experience. I was fired twice on the charge being transsexual (which is true of course, M-F). The first firing was when I had been employed with a federal government agency for nearly seven years. The second firing came as I was nearing 20 years employment with state government employment – despite having nine years of superior performance, one Employee of the Quarter award for our sub-agency, and my firing occurred at the same time by the same manager who issued a special agency-wide performance award to me as part of a group accomplishment. This latter firing showed to me that my long-term superior performance had no weight keeping my job.

    At least I had some consolation. I mentioned Un-employment Insurance; I filed for and received UI based upon my ‘hostile work environment’ claim. The federal agency fought my claim and lost; the state agency did not bother fighting my claim.

    So before you come out at work, be very carefull of their acceptance of you. Otherwise, you may want to find other options, find another employer, be self-employed, or continue working as your pre-transition sex during your transition.

    Beware there is a Social Security Discrepancy List issued to every employer identifying employees whose names on their roles are different from your name at work. Your employer will know about you if you change your name and sex at Social Security but work under your pre-transition name. Your employer can also discover name discrepancies through public court records.

    I am sharing this warning having ‘been there, done that’ and experienced the worst of it.
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    1. Living in Illinois, I do have some nondiscrimination protections. As a plus, my place of employment has recently passed their own policy created with the help of another transwoman who transitioned on the job.

  2. *
    It’s great hearing news that some places are advancing.

    Oh, another item I’m pushing this weekend is this week’s episode of ‘Religion and Ethics newsweekly’ (check local listings or go to PBS.org).

    They did an extended news story about Christian churches opening and welcoming TS people. It was a good news story – plenty of interviews and commentary that should help.
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