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June 17, 2004

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New HRC Guide Helps Employers Create Fair Policies for Transgender Staff

'This tool will help managers ensure that transgender employees are valued for the job they do, not devalued by discrimination,' said HRC President Cheryl Jacques.

WASHINGTON - Responding to the need for resources to help employers create fair policies for their transgender staff, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's WorkNet project today released a new guide, Transgender Issues in the Workplace: A Tool for Managers.

"This tool will help managers ensure that transgender employees are valued for the job they do, not devalued by discrimination," said HRC President Cheryl Jacques. "We hope employers will use this guide to create work environments where all employees are able to devote their skills and energy to the work at hand, rather than worrying about being harassed or fired because of who they are."

The guide covers basic terminology, how to manage as an employee transitions from one sex to another, and laws and court cases regarding workplace protections based on gender identity. In addition, the guide presents a sound business case for implementing policies aimed at ending discrimination against transgender employees. The 32-page document is based on interviews with 20 representatives of corporations that have implemented policies to address transgender issues in their workplaces, as well as employer and legislative data that HRC WorkNet has collected for years.

Transgender Issues in the Workplace also covers answers to frequently asked questions and contains a directory of publications, consultants and organizations that address transgender issues in the workplace.

"Human resources professionals will welcome the information this new tool provides," said HRC Education Director Kim I. Mills, who oversees HRC WorkNet. "Employers spend significant amounts of their annual budgets to attract and retain talented people. These programs are important, but sometimes employers overlook the simplest step they can take to enhance their ability to recruit and retain the best employees - that is, ensuring equality in the workplace."

Transgender Issues in the Workplace: A Tool for Managers may be downloaded from HRC WorkNet.

The Human Rights Campaign is the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender political organization with members throughout the country. It effectively lobbies Congress, provides campaign support and educates the public to ensure that LGBT Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

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