Trans EU Employment Rights & Legal Gender Recognition

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The Trans Crossroads – Trans People’s EU Employment Rights and National Gender Recognition Laws is a Toolkit & Call for Action.

Trans people’s difficulty in accessing employment and occupation, as well as problems with keeing a job, is acute across Europe. Only 51% of trans people are in paid employment in comparison with 68% in the general population, found the Fundamental Rights Agency.

This publication builds on TGEU’s previous work on anti-discrimination and legal gender recognition in Europe.

It provides an overview of current EU employment equality legislation tackling discrimination against trans persons and gives an analysis of how current national legislation regulating the change of names and gender markers on official documents of trans people impacts their enjoyment of employment and citizenship rights.

This document also provides a checklist to assess whether member states have adequately implemented EU law as it applies to trans people, and outlines current good practices across the Union.

The end of this document also contains six sets of recommendations setting out concrete action items for the EU, governments, companies/employers, trade unions, equality bodies, and trans rights organisations.

Download the toolkit.

This publication has been produced with the financial support of the PROGRESS Programme of the European
Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of Transgender Europe and can be
in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Commission.

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Publication Date

February, 2015