The rights of transgender persons have been very much in focus lately. A prohibition against gender discrimination is not new in California, however. Employment discrimination against transgender persons has been unlawful since 2004, and the law was strengthened in 2011. This year, the California Fair Employment and Housing Council has proposed regulations regarding transgender discrimination in the workplace.
New regulations from California’s Fair Employment and Housing Council went into effect April 1, 2016 and among other things, these regulations require employers of five or more employees to have a written policy against unlawful harassment, discrimination and retaliation in the workplace. This policy must contain certain provisions.