Finally after much struggle and lobbying, one of our constituents who is a trans* woman has been employed by a large retail store in South Africa. She had been struggling to get a job because of the discrimination she faced as a transgender person. We are constantly flooded by queries from people who are about to begin their medical transition and they are afraid to loose their jobs because of workplace discrimination on the basis of their gender identity.
The constitution of South Africa prohibits all unfair discrimination on the basis of sex, gender or sexual orientation, whether committed by the government or by a private party. The Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act, restates this constitutional prohibition.
Transphobia in the workplace is unproductive and unconstitutional!!!!!!