Minister to Launch New Guidelines on Supporting Transgender Inclusion in the Workplace

The Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty TD, will today launch new guidelines aimed at boosting the inclusion of trans and gender variant people in the workplace. The resource, Supporting Transgender Inclusion in the Workplace: Guidelines for Employers and Employees, was produced by Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) with support from the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC).

Speaking ahead of the launch, TENI Chief Executive, Stephen O’Hare said:

“These guidelines have been developed to assist employers, co-workers and trans employees to manage and sustain a workplace environment that is open, inclusive and diverse. Taking steps to ensure that workplace policies facilitate the meaningful inclusion of current and prospective employees who identify as trans will not only benefit trans and gender variant people at work, but broaden the pool of available talent for employers across the whole Irish labour market.”

         

‘One in four trans people in Ireland are unemployed and actively seeking work.’–    TENI Employment Survey 2017             

Acknowledging the difficulties experienced by many trans and gender variant people who are actively seeking work, Chair of TENI Sara R Phillips said:

“Since the enactment of Gender Recognition in 2015, some employers, such Dublin Bus, have adopted policies to accommodate gender diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Unfortunately, many more employers continue to overlook or dismiss trans people as suitable candidates for employment. This is reflected in the alarmingly high rate of unemployment among trans and gender variant people in Ireland. Companies are encouraged to review existing policies and implement suitable measures to foster a more open and inclusive workplace for all employees.”

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