This might be a generalisation, but it seems that as soon as I came out as a ‘trans women’ all the employment opportunities dissipated. I have the same abilities and experience I had the day before.
What is going on?
Our welfare system is expecting individuals to support themselves by gaining employment. So, when employers and employment agents do not consider employing diverse employees, they are actually discriminating against this group. It suggests that there is a lack of knowledge around diversity.
As I mentioned in my last blog Unfulfilled Potential “the prospective employer may not be getting the best person for the position. “
We are all members of society and want to contribute to the best of our abilities.
This is my challenge to Employment Agencies and Employers, look at the candidate’s skills not their Disability, Race, Sex, Gender, Gender expression etc. these things should not be the first check point in your employment process, actually should not be considered at all. If the issue is for instance, the physical ability to perform said task, then the same test should apply to all candidates fairly.
If employers and employment agencies are concerned for the welfare of the candidate due to the perceived culture of that particular work place, then this is the ideal time to conduct comprehensive Equal Opportunity and Anti-Discrimination training.
Changing the mindset of a company culture starts with the Management and the employment process. When a company is open to all possibilities, this builds confidence and standing of that business in the community.