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Informing others that they’ll be undergoing a gender reassignment can be a daunting prospect for many trans people. Some may worry about how people will react and whether they’ll be treated differently once they’ve opened up. However, to anyone concerned about having that conversation with their employer, know this – the Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful to discriminate against or treat someone unfairly because of gender reassignment. Rest assured, you are protected by law.
We understand it can also be a worrying time for employers who want to support their employee through the process but are unsure how best to do so. We therefore asked YourGP’s resident gender specialists and our occupational healthcare experts to come together and share their advice, so you can be an ally in the workplace to anyone undergoing a gender reassignment.
Give them time and space to talk: Create a safe and supportive environment where they can talk openly about what they’re going through. Take their lead and let them guide the conversation to disclose as little or as much as they feel comfortable.
Agree a plan of action: Discuss what changes, if any, may need to be taken in the workplace after their gender reassignment.
Be aware of any relevant workplace polices: From dress code to the of use of toilets, changing and shower facilities – ensure everyone is aware of what is expected of them.
Discuss time off: Time off will be required for medical appointments and be aware that your employee will need adequate time off to recuperate after any operations.
Update their details: Make any necessary changes to their personal records, work pass, pay slip and email address for example.
Continue to support them on their journey: Provide moral support if required as they open up to colleagues and adjust to their new life.
If you’d like to find out more about how you can ensure your workplace is a safe and supportive environment for all, talk to the Occupational Healthcare experts at YourGP. Simply call 0131 225 5656 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment.
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