All people deserve to be free from discrimination at work, says equalities minister
A new guide to recruitment of transgender employees was launched at the House of Commons yesterday. The joint guide from membership organisations Inclusive Employers and the Government Equalities Office (GEO) aims to provide practical guidance for employers to recruit, retain, and make the most of their transgender talent.
Caroline Dinenage, minister for women, equalities and family justice, said the government was “committed to ensuring that everyone, regardless or background, race or gender, is given the same opportunity to succeed”.
“Many transgender people still face discrimination in the workplace, as well as in their day-to-day lives,” she said. “The guidance for employers and service providers we published recently is an important step towards helping improve knowledge and understanding. It will ensure all members of our society can live their lives free from discrimination, enabling them to fulfil their potential.”
The need for this guide is clear with research from the National Center for Transgender Equality in America suggesting 90 per cent of trans people experience harassment, mistreatment or discrimination within the workplace. In addition to this, almost half (48 per cent) of transgender people under the age of 26 admit that they have attempted suicide, according to research from Pace, an LGBT mental health charity.
As part of the report, employers will get access to expert guidelines in accordance with the law; the business case for creating an inclusive workplace culture and employing trans people, and advice for tackling discrimination at the recruitment stage.
The guide is available on the Inclusive Employers and the Government Equalities Office websites.