Attorney General Releases Gender Identity Guidance for Compliance

 
  Sept. 7, 2016   |   www.fisherphillips.com  
 

On September 1, 2016, the office of the Massachusetts Attorney General released guidance related to the transgender accommodations law signed by Governor Charlies Baker on July 11, 2016. The law, which goes into effect on October 1, allows transgender individuals to use restrooms, changing rooms, and locker rooms that match their gender identities rather than the biological sex assigned at their birth. It will also protect transgender individuals from discrimination in places of public accommodation and will prohibit advertising that discriminates on the basis of gender identity. The guidance, which is intended to help businesses and other places of public accommodation comply with the law, can be accessed by clicking the link below.  This guidance provides definitions and general information about obligations under the law; specific information regarding the use of sex-segregated facilities; and direction on how to address circumstances in which there is

The guidance, which is intended to help businesses and other places of public accommodation comply with the law, can be accessed by clicking the link below.  This guidance provides definitions and general information about obligations under the law; specific information regarding the use of sex-segregated facilities; and direction on how to address circumstances in which there is reason to believe gender identity is being asserted for an improper purpose.

It is critical that employers in Massachusetts take steps to achieve compliance with the law to avoid costly discrimination litigation and negative public relations events. If you have any questions about this new law or how it may affect your business, please contact your Fisher Phillips attorney or one of the attorneys in our Boston office at 617.722.0044.

 Click this link to read Gender Identity Guidance for Public Accommodations.

Amber Elias
617.532.9327
aelias@fisherphillips.com