The 24/7 media circus surrounding former U.S. Olympian Bruce Jenner's transition from male to female has raised several questions in employers' minds: Do we have transgender employees in our organization? If so, what are our legal obligations to them, if any?
If you are a small employer with employees in only a single state, the answer is easy: Talk to an employment law attorney. The law is evolving dramatically in this area. Quite a few states have adopted statutes or amendments to their state constitutions prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. To those who think that means only gay and lesbian folks, think again.