HR Carly Hacon · 2 July 2018
Workplace transphobia: 1 in 3 employers won’t hire a transgender candidate
Even though UK law protects transgender workers from discrimination, a third of employers admit that they are less likely? to hire a transgender person. Although we are in 2018, and diversity if often celebrated in all walks of British life, a recent survey by Crossland Employment Solicitors illustrates the prejudice that is still ingrained in business leaders today. Despite such marketing efforts of Nike and Primark, the survey identified the retail sector as having the highest number (47%) of businesses unlikely to employ a transgender. This is closely followed by IT (45%), leisure and hospitality (35%) and manufacturing (34%). Commenting on the findings, Beverley Sunderland, Managing Director of Crossland Employment Solicitors said: What’s most worrying is the high percentage of employers that are biased against transgender workers from the recruitment stage and beyond. and not just in one sector, but a prejudiced attitude that is found throughout both shop floor and management in particular in the retail and tech sectors. Whether this reflects a lack of understanding or simply a fear of a potential discrimination claim, is not evident. Only 3% of business owners out of the 1, 000 employers polled from a cross section of industries, have an equal opportunities policy that openly welcomes transgender people to apply for jobs. Ashamedly only 4% declared that their working environment would be diverse enough people to fit in.
ABOUT THE EXPERTCarly Hacon
Carly Hacon is a reporter for Business Advice. She has a BA in journalism from Kingston University, and has previously worked as a features editor for a local newspaper.