This article is for trans people affected by workplace harassment. When it comes to workplace harassment, get to know your options.
Firstly, talk to people about your concerns. Talking is desirable for everyone for a couple of reasons. First, it means you’re not dealing with the situation on your own. Secondly, communicating your issue can solve the problem itself! Some people who commit workplace harrasment and don’t realise what they’re doing.
However, there is a vocal minority who air their opposing views. A lot of people don’t feel that way. It’s distressing to be misgendered. You can feel your heart sink. People will be happy to apologise. Then, they’ll adjust their behaviour if they’re corrected. And your workplace harassment will be over.
If you are the victim of sustained workplace harassment, then you do have further recourse.
Look for these two policies in your contract. You should then be able to see if you’re protected from workplace harrasment.
- An Equality and Diversity Policy
- An Anti-Workplace Harassment Policy
Become part of a Union. They often ensure their members are protected from workplace harrasment.
Sometimes, addressing the workplace harassment doesn’t work. Then, you also have legal recourse. Trans and non-binary identities are protected characteristics under the Equality Act. Moreover, if workplace harassment does take place around your gender, you can take legal action. You can find detailed information about what constitutes discrimination and the kind of action you can take here.
If you’ve been affected by anti-trans workplace harassment and would like to get in touch, our team is standing by to help. We have also written guides to be trans in the workplace because wherever you are in your gender journey, you deserve to feel confident coming out and staying out.