Supporting Transgender Lawyers


The Transgender Law Center estimates 2 to 5% of us are transgender. That means over our lifetimes all of us -- whether we're transgender ourselves or not -- are likely to have a classmate, colleague, friend, family member, or acquaintance who is transgender. Susan Milligan’s “A Remarkable Transformation: More companies are supporting transgender employees through the biggest transition of their lives. Are you ready?” in SHRM's HR Magazine profiles New York lawyer Jillian Weiss (who transitioned from male to female some 15 years ago), as well as employment lawyers and human resources experts to discuss how employers (and employees) can support transgender employees in the workplace.

And since it's becoming more and more clear what transgender individuals are protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, supporting transgender attorneys and other employees isn't just the right thing to do. It's also becoming legally required.

Others interviewed in this article include Jessica Liss, an employer trial lawyer and office managing shareholder for St. Louis law firm Jackson Lewis; Todd Wulffson, a partner at the Orange Country law firm Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger; and Alexa Miller, a lawyer in the New Jersey office of law firm Fisher & Phillips.