Know Your Employment Rights

Mission – The National Center for Transgender Equality advocates to change policies and society to increase understanding and acceptance of transgender people. In the nation’s capital and throughout the country, NCTE works to replace disrespect, discrimination, and violence with empathy, opportunity, and justice.

Workplace discrimination against transgender people is against the law. This resource outlines the rights and procedures transgender employees have to address discrimination. While we still desperately need a national law that explicitly prohibits discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, existing laws provide real protection in many situations. While NCTE does not provide legal services, we encourage any employee who cannot resolve workplace issues through their employer’s internal human resources procedures to seek legal counsel. We also encourage workers to share their experiences with NCTE to aid our advocacy efforts on behalf of all transgender employees.