Guidance for solicitors on working with transgender employees published in Transgender Awareness Week

Posted On: 
23rd November 2015

The Law Society today publishes guidance for solicitors on good practice in working with transgender employees.

Gender reassignment is a protected characteristic under the Equalities Act 2010 and the Law Society's guidance has been prepared to help solicitors fulfil their duties as employers under the act.

Law Society chief executive Catherine Dixon said:

"As the representative body for solicitors, the Law Society wishes to support all of its members, including those who identify as transgender.  Firms and individuals from within the profession have asked for advice and support around this important issue.

"People who are transgender are entitled to be treated with the same dignity and respect afforded to others in the workplace. Solicitors are committed to demonstrate a positive and inclusive approach to transgender employees to ensure that they attract, promote and retain the best talent."

The government Transgender Action Plan  issued in 2011states that 88 per cent of transgender employees experience discrimination or harassment in their workplace, therefore our guidance is aimed at supporting solicitors to meet their legal obligations and to encourage equality, diversity and inclusion within the profession.

It will also help solicitors, employers, colleagues and consultants to understand the practical, social, psychological and emotional issues relating to the process of changing gender and the issues that should be considered in the workplace to actively include an employee who is transgender.