September 25, 2007
Transgender Employment Rights--Progress in Florida
As noted by our fellow lawprofessorblogs blogger, at the Workplace Prof Blog, Palm Beach and Broward counties might extend anti-discrimination protection to transgendered individuals in the workforce. A comprehensive list of cities, counties, and states protecting workers for gender expression and identity can be found on the Transgender Law and Policy Institute website.
Florida became entangled in a discussion about transgendered individuals at work due to the highly publicized firing last March of "Largo City Manager Susan Stanton, who transitioned from male to female . . . ." See South Florida Sun-Sentinel Article.
Workplace rights for transgendered individuals are particularly salient, as many transgendered individuals live in poverty (either they cannot get hired due to discrimination or they cannot keep the job they have due to discrimination, as demonstrated by the Stanton case). It will be interesting to follow the developments in Florida in particular, as the laws of the state are generally non-supportive of LGBT individuals in the area of marriage and employment discrimination. See Lambda Legal's summary of Florida Laws.
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