Thanks to Kristina Wertz, legal director of San Francisco's Transgender Law Center, Transportation Security Administration managers at Los Angeles
International Airport will undergo mandatory sensitivity training as part of a legal settlement.
Wertz' client, Ashley Yang, was fired last year for using what her employer said was the "wrong" restroom.
But LAX wasn't the last bastion of discrimination against people who choose to change their gender. Wertz tells us that surveys show 70 percent of transgender Californians have been harassed on the job. So we asked Wertz to share some tips for employers to educate them.
Ensuring a harassment-free workplace mostly means adhering to basic principles of respect, Wertz tells us.
"It's quite common for people to think that, when someone comes out as a transgender person, it's an open door to ask them questions about their lives," she says.
So a good workplace management practice would involve "educating people about sexual harrassment, and that prying into someone's personal transition amounts to sexual harassment."
Wertz said that workplace antidiscrimination training should include the following: