Friday, January 06, 2017

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!

You heard that all throughout the last year’s presidential campaign, well there is one sector of the job market that is being left behind… us.
Why Is It So Hard For Transgender Americans To Find Work?
Nearly a third of trans people live below the poverty line.
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By Adam Salandra
January 4, 2017

Transgender people face discrimination on a daily basis for simply being who they are—discrimination that can make it impossible to find or keep a job.

A new Bustle video is exploring the unemployment epidemic among trans people, and revealing some unnerving statistics along the way.

While the U.S. unemployment rate is currently at 5%, for trans people that number leaps to 15%—with 29% living in poverty.

Lala Zannell of the Anti-Violence Project says that, while trans employees often experience discrimination on the job, many can’t even get hired in the first place.

“Sometimes their documentation doesn’t match who they are,” she explains. “People think, ’Oh, just get it changed.’ Some states don’t allow you to do that.”
It is so very hard to get a job if you are trans. The companies can invent a thousand reasons why they didn’t hire you and none of them are because you are trans.

If you have been working for a company a long time and you have many job reviews under your belt before you transition, then they fire you for “lack of work” or your job performance it is easier to prove. But it is still hard thing prove unless the company is dumb and comes out and says we fired you because you are trans.

It is also a problem if your old employers do not change their records and the still list you in your birth gender.

In addition, a lot has to do with how well you can integrate into society. If you blend into you true gender you will face a lot  less  discrimination that someone who is readily identified as trans.

I remember when I told HR that I was trans, she was so happy because being an engineering company we didn’t have many women in engineering and now she got to add another woman to the EEOC reports. But alas, they closed the company before I transitioned.

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