CBIA BizCast: Shipman & Goodwin, CCH Partner on Transgender ID Project
CBIA’s BizCast team speaks with Shipman & Goodwin LLP’s Jaime Welsh and Metropolitan Community Church of Hartford’s Rev. Aaron Miller about ways they support the transgender community and how businesses can support employees.
The two organizations partnered with GLAD and other community groups for GLAD’s Transgender ID project, an ID clinic that offers legal name and gender change services to people.
“It’s been a wonderful collaboration,” Miller said.
Miller is transgender, transitioning more than a decade ago, while working for a corporation.
“The hiring process is daunting, given there is a fear of discrimination” he said.
“There can be awkward explanations with gaps in employment if time was taken to physically transition, and when a legal name does not match the chosen name, which is why this particular project helps to get the documents in order so that disconnect does not happen.”
Welsh said Shipman & Goodwin attorneys often advise businesses about gender issues in the workplace, updating policies, and benefits.
“We can provide the context for the employer about why it’s important to do so and that way transgender employees also aren’t struggling to determine where they fit under a particular policy or benefit,” Welsh said.
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