Taking Transgender Workplace Obligations Seriously

Law360, New York (May 7, 2015, 12:40 PM EDT) -- Bruce Jenner's announcement that he is transitioning from a man to a woman, as well as Amazon.com Inc.'s popular TV show "Transparent," are increasing awareness of transgender issues, specifically how family and friends (and in Jenner's case, the public) react and adjust to the transition. But other recent events, including a federal case in Michigan, demonstrate the need for employers to become more educated about legal obligations to transgender employees and to be proactive in controlling how the workforce might react to a transitioning co-worker.

To be clear: Michigan laws and federal laws do not expressly prohibit discrimination based on transgender...

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