The Trans Employment Program at the San Francisco LGBT Center recently launched a month-long campaign using photographs of transgender individuals to highlight the valuable contributions the LGBT community offers to the employment world. The Trans at Work Campaign is designed to draw attention to transgender employees working in a wide variety of professions. Photographs, videos, hashtags, and social media elements were combined to convey the message that transgender employees are making their mark in the professional world despite ongoing discrimination.
According to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, 90 percent of transgender individuals reported that they had been harassed or discriminated against at their job. Over one-fourth of the survey participants said they had been fired from a job because they were transgender, while 47 percent reported that they had suffered a demotion or denial of promotion directly due to the fact that they were transgender. The economic effect on transgender discrimination in the workplace leaves this community four times more likely to live below the poverty level or become homeless than the general population.
The Trans at Work campaign pairs the faces of transgender individuals with their job titles to focus on the success of those who have been given an opportunity to work within their chosen career. By exposing the general public to visual portraits of successful transgender individuals, the campaign aims to end the mystery surrounding this community by showing them as hard working, bill paying, creative individuals actively working within our society.
The Oversight of Civil Rights and LGBT
At the present time, only 17 states across the country have legal protection against discrimination in the workplace based on gender identification. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes sexual discrimination in the workplace illegal, but there is currently no specific protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender individuals on the federal level. The National Center for Transgender Equality is actively pushing for legislation that would offer protections to the LGBT workforce. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is designed to prohibit discrimination against employees based on their gender identification, ensuring LGBT individuals the right to equal employment opportunities and equal pay.
Cherry Hill Employment Lawyers at McOmber McOmber & Luber, P.C. Advocate for the Rights of LGBT Employees
Cherry Hill employment lawyers at McOmber McOmber & Luber, P.C. are committed to protecting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals in the workplace. If you or someone you know has been harassed, denied promotion, terminated, or treated unfairly based on your gender identity or sexual preference, we can help you demand your legal right to equal employment opportunities.
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