by Out & Equal guest blogger, Lisa Charbonneau | It’s a pivotal moment in the fight for equal rights for LGBT folks in America. Support for marriage equality is on the rise nationwide. Numerous lawsuits in appellate courts across the country have successfully challenged DOMA. And now that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is history, the Department of Defense actually celebrated Pride month this year! However, the fight for economic justice and economic equality in the workplace for LGBT Americans appears to be moving at a slower pace. Specifically, the passage of the Federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would extend workplace protections for LGBT employees in every state, has been voted down every year since the Nineties.
California is unique in that our state’s anti-discrimination-in-the-workplace statutes already protect people on the basis of sexual orientation, gender expression, and gender identity. Getting people to stand up for their already-existing rights, however, is a difficult process due to the myriad risks involved. For this reason, the California State Bar’s Labor & Employment Section made possible a free workshop taking place this Wednesday, July 11, 2012, called “Employment Rights for Transgender/LGBT Workers.” The event is open to all and will take place at 6 pm at Oakland City Hall, in downtown Oakland, California. For more information, click here. A collaboration between The State Bar, The Transgender Law Center, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and the California Employment Lawyers Association, the workshop panelists (all experienced attorneys) will cover issues of discrimination and retaliation, but also topics such as privacy in the workplace, medical leave, pregnancy and family leave protections, overtime and compensation issues, and a variety of other topics that are geared towards helping LGBT employees know their rights under California and Federal law. Of course, not every workplace problem gives rise to a lawsuit, so this workshop will also hone in on when it is appropriate for an employee or job applicant to seek legal advice.
As the march to equality continues its upward climb, issues of economic justice and equality in the workplace must be in the forefront of our minds, personally and politically. We hope this workshop will help in that process.
Employment Rights for Transgender & LGBT Workers
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Oakland City Hall, Hearing Room 4
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Just blocks from the 12th St. Bart Stop.
For more information contact:
Lisa S. Charbonneau, Esq.
Come learn about the legal protections that exist for transgender/LGBT workers at this informative and fun evening event (with free food!).
Experienced attorneys will share information about your rights and answer your questions.
Topics to be covered: discrimination and retaliation, overtime and breaks, workplace privacy, medical leave laws, and more.
The event is free and open to all.
Lisa Charbonneau, Law Offices of Traci M. Hinden
Patrice L. Goldman, Law Offices of Patrice Goldman
Angela Perone, National Center for Lesbian Rights
Christian Schreiber, Chavez Gertler LLP
Matt Wood, Transgender Law Center
For more info, click here.