Saturday, November 19, 2011

Update: Transgender rights bill passed by Senate

This past Wednesday, the Massachusetts state Senate passed the Transgender rights bill recently passed in the House. The bill is now headed to Governor Deval Patrick who has already said he will sign the bill. As soon as the bill becomes law, Massachusetts will become the 16th state to include transgender status under anti-discrimination laws. Derrek Shulman, the regional director of The Anti-Defamation League, New England, described the importance of the new measure: “Discrimination based on one’s gender identity or expression is just as destructive as discrimination based on those categories explicitly prohibited by current law and should receive equal and unambiguous protection.’’

1 comment:

  1. I to have been a victim of Discrimination as a Disabled Veteran and Trnasgender Goverment employee at BAE Systems in Nashua New Hampshire.
    This from a company who has an ethics policy about non discrimination on Gender Identity and Sexual Prefrence, but has recent multipe cases against Gender, Disability, and there did not seem to be any problems with my performance prior to them learning of my transgender status. They often made comment about a transgender african american female that worked there and how disgusted they were to have her in the same building. There was no issues other thsn I documented any issues found as a Govermennt auditor of their contract. The problems stsarte after they knew of my status.
    After inquiring about the allegations by BAE in August their response was provided to me the reference to me leaving was after they bared me from their facillity their response on 2/22/2012 is as follows;
    >> Dear Tamara,
    Several of the individuals who were involved in this case are no longer with BAE, and many organizational changes have occurred since you left, so retrieving everything I needed took far longer than anticipated. I have since conducted several interviews and reviewed the available material.
    What I see in the record is a complicated situation in which several BAE employees alleged that specific behavior - not your status, but statements and actions in the workplace unrelated to your job - made them feel harassed. The investigation conducted by HR was thorough, included several different sources of information, and seems to have followed an established process.

    John Trusslow
    Ethics Representitive
    BAE Systems
    If they cannot do it one way they will always try another.