Transgenders at Workplaces

Transgenders Employment: Initiated but long way to go

Though there has been lot of efforts and positive movement for the LGBTQAI+ community in recent years but still a lot more to do in the fight for equality. As per the transgender persons (Protection of Rights) Bill 2016, it prohibits discrimination against a transgender person, including unfair treatment or denial of service in relation to employment, education healthcare, access to public goods and facilities etc.

As a society, change has to begin from the family level. Educate children on how trans people are just people like us, with aspirations and dreams. We should treat them with respect, like every other human being.

Workplaces need to be more transgender-inclusive with initiatives in terms of their policies related to equal opportunity hiring, providing infrastructure, action against misconduct/harassment, healthcare, medical insurance and policies.

Joyita Mondal from West Bengal becomes the first transgender judge in the country is an inspiration to many who has come long way and is also a social worker. India’s first ‘Trans Tea Stall’ at a railway platform opened at Guwahati.

Some of the companies started hiring transgenders but still a long way to go as the overall numbers are very meagre and there are lot many challenges on the ground when it comes to execution which needs to overcome.

We need to be more inclusive for them in our society by treating them equally.

The article is authored by Sumit Sarabhai, Chief Business Officer at Spectrum Talent Management

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