December 21, 2017

Gov. Brown Signs Bill Addressing Transgender Rights in the Workplace into Law

SB 396, signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown, requires all California employers to post a “Transgender Rights in the Workplace” poster beginning January 1, 2018. The poster must be displayed with other mandatory workplace notices in a prominent, accessible location in the workplace.

SB 396 amends Government Code section 12950.1, which requires an employer with at least 50 employees to provide supervisors at least two hours of training regarding sexual harassment and abusive conduct. Amended Section 12950.1 includes harassment training on gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation. The training must provide examples of such harassment, and the trainer must have knowledge or expertise in this area.

In addition, regulations developed by the Fair Employment and Housing Council that went into effect on July 1, 2017, and covers the following topics:

  • Definitions of terms such as transgender, gender identity, gender expression and gender transition;
  • A discussion on the right of employees to use restrooms, locker rooms and other similar facilities corresponding to their gender identity; and
  • The importance of allowing an employee to dress in accordance with the employee’s gender identity and expression.

Contact Adriana Robles at (949) 885-2297 for information about our compliant and impactful transgender, anti-bullying and sexual harassment prevention training opportunities.