Tuesday, March 27, 2018

California Mandates Employers Display Transgender Rights Poster in Workplace

On October 15, 2017, Governor Brown approved SB 396, a law that requires California employers with 5 employees or more to display a poster about transgender employment rights in a prominent and accessible location in the workplace with other mandatory workplace notices.

California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing recently issued the new mandatory poster, which addresses key topics such as the right of employees to use restrooms, locker rooms, and other similar facilities corresponding to their gender identity and to dress in accord with their gender identity and expression.

California's Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) prohibits employers from discriminating against any employee on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, or military and veteran status.

The poster follows regulations developed by the Fair Employment and Housing Council that went into effect in July 2017. SB 396 also requires mandatory sexual harassment prevention to include a component regarding gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation for California employers with at least 50 employees.

If you feel you have been subjected to unlawful discrimination or sexual harassment in the workplace, please contact Bryan Schwartz Law today.