Transgender & Employment: Ethical and Legal Considerations in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling
According to the Williams Institute, an estimated 1.4 million adults identify as transgender in the United States. Employers across the country have grown increasingly aware of the importance of creating welcoming organizations for Transgender (TG) and Gender Non-Conforming (GNC) individuals and their families. However, recent research indicates that more than one in four transgender people have lost a job due to bias, and more than three-fourths have experienced some form of workplace discrimination. Refusal to hire, privacy violations, harrassment, and even physical and sexual violence on the job are still common occurences.
Join us as training participants explore the critical concerns involving counseling transgender and non-conforming gender clients in the employment process. An analysis of the following will be explored:
- Counseling considerations surrounding compatible educational and/or career pathways for clients
- Issues regarding disclosure of one's identity to a potential employer; before, during or after job interviews
- resume development and the application process
- Transgender workplace rights and responsibilities (ethical and legal considerations for the employer and employee)
- Decision making around when and how to transition in the workplace, along with addressing isolation, discrimination and potential harrassment thereafter
- Best practices in navigating identity and gender expression in "genered" spaces
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