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Gender reassignment discrimination

Equality legislation protects individuals from being discriminated on the basis of gender reassignment. On this page you can find articles, books and online resources providing information, legislation and guidance.


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These ten sections of the chapter on employment cover discrimination - the Equality Act 2010 replaced all previous discrimination legislation. Discrimination on the basis of: age; disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion and belief; sex; and sexual orientation is outlawed. In addition discrimination against people with criminal records, part-time workers, fixed-term workers and agency workers is also covered.

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Acas guidance

Advice, guidance and practical resources on a wide variety of recruitment topics for both employers and employees, produced by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, Acas. Acas is the employment relations service for England, Scotland and Wales offering practical, independent and impartial advice to employers, employees and their representatives.


Gender Identity: terminology

November 2017

Typology on Gender identity to help employers and employees understand the terminology in the area of sexual orientation and gender reassignment

Gender reassignment key points acas

August 2017

Acas key guide offering employees and employers an insight into how gender reassignment discrimination can occur in the workplace, how it can be dealt with and how to reduce the chance of future discrimination.

Supporting trans employees in the workplace

August 2017

Research paper prepared for Acas by The Institute for Employment Studies explores how gender identity is managed in UK workplaces and how it could be improved.

Online articles

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The U.K. Government Has Finally Responded on Gender Recognition for Trans People

Article reports on the UK Government's reponse to debate on the Gender Recognition Act and the mixed responses from LGBT and trans-inclusive organisations.

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The article presents a discussion on the representation of transgender people in the U.S. workplace, adapted from the book "Gender Ambiguity in the Workplace: Transgender and Gender-Diverse Discrimination." It references a study which found that 30 percent of transgender people face discrimination in their job. Also explained is the importance of the development of corporate culture and leadership to the effort to address discrimination against transgender employees.

How to support transgender employees

The article focuses on the 2010 Equality Act of Great Britain stating legal obligation of employers for ensuring their staff not being discriminated against factors such as gender identity, sexuality or race. It mentions creating a supportive environment for transgender employees through allowing them to take the lead on expressing their gender identity and encouraging their wellbeing.

Employees 'continue to fail' transgender staff

The article discusses the findings of the Totaljobs Trans Employee Experiences Survey which reveals that 36 percent of transgender employees in Great Britain have left their jobs because of discrimination. Topics covered include the percentage of transgender who experienced discrimination in the workplace and improvement in the acceptance and understanding of transgender employees in the workplace.

A remarkable transformation

The article discusses the growing acceptance of transgender status in U.S. companies' diversity efforts and policies. LGBT advocacy group Human Rights Campaign claims that more "Fortune" 500 companies prohibit discrimination based on gender identification. Topics include how human resources (HR) professionals handle transitioning employees, and how companies, like insurer Aetna, reach out to transgender workers..

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Gender reassignment discrimination

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Guidance from EHRC on gender reassignment discrimination, including types of gender reassignment discrimination and where circumstances when being treated differently due to gender reassignment is lawful.

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