Employers ‘should help’ with staff sex changes

The Dominion Post 27 September 2008

Employers with transgender staff should assist them as they change sex, proposed Labour Department guidelines say. Such assistance would include helping them to decide which toilets to use and ensuring the person’s new name was used. The draft plan says employers should meet an employee intending to change sex and establish a “written action plan” to ensure their workplace transition was smooth. Employees needed to feel welcome and should be encouraged to use facilities applicable to their new identity.

“While a unisex toilet is a positive way to ensure facilities are inclusive, you should not be excluded from using the appropriate single-sex toilet.” The fact sheet also says employers should not refer to a transgender’s previous name when supplying a reference.