One in three employers have admitted that they would not hire a transgender person. This worrying statistic provides an insight into the struggles transgender individuals face in connection with their employment. The true figure may be significantly higher, with employers perhaps not readily admitting to their prejudices. Whether it be bigotry or ignorance, this approach at the very minimum exposes employers to discrimination claims.
Transgender individuals first received statutory protection against discrimination in 1999, later enshrined within the Equality Act 2010. Gender reassignment is defined as when a person is “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”.