What does the law say about Employment Rights For Trans People?
Previously, protection from discrimination only applied once an individual had gone through surgery and received their gender reassignment certificate. This led to situations where individuals who were living as their target gender, but pre-surgery, were being discriminated against without any protection. Fortunately, lengthy campaigns from various groups has put a stop to that.
The Equality Act 2010 now protects people undergoing gender reassignment if they are proposing to undergo, is undergoing or has undergone a process or part of a process for the purpose of reassigning the person’s sex by changing physiological or other attributes of sex. Therefore the Equality Act 2010 covers people who have, or are proposing to, change gender from discrimination.
By Zee Hussain, partner and Head of the Employment Department at Colemans-ctts