Economic Health of Transgender Workers
Despite state laws prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity, gender expression, or transgender status, transgender and gender non-conforming workers still face discrimination, marginalization, and economic hardship. According to the 2008 California Transgender Economic Health Survey, one in four transgender Californians earns wages below the federal poverty level, and over two-thirds of respondents report experiencing workplace harassment or discrimination based on their gender identity. Providing gender-neutral restrooms, offering trans-inclusive health coverage, and supporting employees going through a gender transition are just a few of the ways employers can promote more inclusive workplaces. The Transgender Law Center and Out and Equal also offer resources for adopting inclusive employment policies.