Verizon Creates Transgender Employment Protections

Verizon is the latest company to announce it is expanding its employment non-discrimination policy to include “gender identity or expression,” which will protect transgender workers in addition to those who are already protected based on sexual orientation. The change is a victory for the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), which owns stock in Verizon and has filed shareholder resolutions in favor of the protections for the past five years. The UUA has successfully worked with several other companies to make their policies trans-inclusive, including Walmart, The Home Depot, Travelers Insurance, Procter & Gamble, Family Dollar, Lowe’s, and Dr Pepper Snapple Group.