I have various treatments planned as part of my gender reassignment? Am I entitled to time off?

The Equality Act 2010 specifically states that an employer cannot treat you less favourably than any other employee because you have had time off as part of the gender reassignment process. As a result, we encourage employers to record such time off separately so it is discounted when considering any promotion, access to bonuses etc.

Whether the time is paid depends on your employers policies. There is no obligation to offer paid leave unless there is company sick pay etc.

By Zee Hussain, partner and Head of the Employment Department at Colemans-ctts

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