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Monday, May 4, 2015

NCTE Joins Workplace Safety Alliance with Labor Agency

Today, the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) is pleased to announce a partnership with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), an agency within the U.S. Department of Labor, to develop and disseminate resources that help foster safer workplaces for transgender people by ensuring equal access to restrooms on the job.

NCTE Executive Director Mara Keisling said: “When a transgender worker is prevented from using the same restrooms as everyone else, it is not only humiliating—it threatens their physical health. Federal law requires all workers to have reasonable access to restrooms, and also prohibits discrimination against transgender people. This is a classic example of a workplace hazard that is potentially dangerous but easy to prevent. We look forward to collaborating with OSHA to educate workers and employers alike."

“Through this alliance, we will jointly work with NCTE to develop products and guidance materials to improve workplace safety for all workers,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels.

The partnership is through the agency’s Alliance Program, which works with a variety of employment entities including trade and professional organizations, community-based organizations, businesses and educational institutions to prevent workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses.

Learn more here.

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