Transitioning and other employees
The employer should discuss with the employee how to inform other employees. The transitioning employee should decide how much and what information other employees will be told. It is important that other employees are informed of the situation and the employer’s expectations of them. Properly informing other employees will not only dispel any misunderstandings or rumour, but will also discourage or prevent inappropriate behaviour, such as harassment or bullying, from other employees. Employers have a legal responsibility to ensure that employees are not subject to stress through workplace bullying.
If an employee has any concerns, it is important that the employer resolves them fairly and quickly. The employer should emphasise that any workplace policies relating to trans employees are not special rights or privileges. The employer should explain that such policies ensure that all employees are treated with respect, and are not subject to harassment or discrimination, regardless of sex, age, ethnicity or gender identity or sexual orientation.