Jun 22, 2018

Amazon issues guidelines to support UK transgender employees

Amazon has issued new guidelines to support transgender employees in the UK in the latest move by a company to adapt management policies to reflect changing social attitudes. The guidance from the Seattle-based technology group includes advice for employees and managers on issues ranging from access to bathrooms and dress codes to communicating about employees transitioning in the workplace. "Diversity and inclusion is good for our business and our customers, and transgender employees are an important part of our team," said Simon Johnson, Amazon UK's director of media. Half of transgender employees in the UK have been so afraid of discrimination at work they have hidden the fact that they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender while one in eight has been physically attacked by colleagues or customers, according to a survey by Stonewall, the British advocacy group for LGBT people. Michael, an Amazon UK employee, who is transitioning from male to female, said the new guidance was "Invaluable to myself, my team and my wider colleagues".

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