A new report just gave numerous Georgia and Atlanta based businesses high scores for inclusion and anti-discrimination policies – especially concerning the LGBT community. The Human Rights Campaign evaluated numerous companies across the state for their attitudes toward equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers. In the 2016 assessment (based on calendar year 2015) the scores improved slightly from the previous poll taken in 2014. The current results show that 13 companies had a perfect score – up from 11 a year ago.
“Transgender” refers to anyone who lives, has lived, or wants to live as a member of the opposite gender (sex) to their birth gender. Recent interpretations of Title VII have interpreted “anti-sex discrimination laws” to extend to and protect transgender employees.
In the same way as with other types of unlawful discrimination, (such as race discrimination, sex discrimination, and religious discrimination), it is illegal for an employer to discriminate against transgender employees in terms of their employment, such as decisions regarding hiring, firing, and promotions.
Thus, for employers, this means that they must treat all transgender fairly, However despite laws protecting transgender workers, discrimination can be an everyday experience for many transgender people and can affect nearly every area of life. In fact, recent survey shows that 26% of trans people lost a job due to bias and 50% were harassed on the job.
The recent report is good news for many LGBT workers and reflects positive changes in the Georgia corporate climate. In a statement, a representative of the organization noted, “Corporate America has long been a leader on LGBT equality, from advocating for marriage equality to expanding essential benefits to transgender employees.”
For more information or if you believe that you have suffered any type of work place discrimination, please contact the experienced Georgia employment discrimination lawyers at Buckley Beal, LLP for an immediate consultation.