What do we mean by Gender Reassignment?

Gender reassignment refers to the process an individual undergoes to change their gender, which may involve medical interventions like hormone therapy or surgeries, as well as social and legal changes. The Equality Act 2010 offers protection from discrimination for individuals undergoing or who have undergone gender reassignment, ensuring they are treated fairly and equally in various aspects of life, including employment.

What is the Law on Gender Reassignment when it comes to the workplace, recruitment and careers?

The Equality Act 2010 is the primary legislation in the UK that addresses discrimination based on various protected characteristics, including gender reassignment. This Act applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment and career progression, making it unlawful to discriminate against individuals who are undergoing, have undergone, or plan to undergo gender reassignment. The law aims to protect transgender and non-binary individuals by ensuring equal opportunities and fair treatment in the workplace.

In the recruitment process, employers must ensure that their job advertisements, selection criteria, and interview practices do not discriminate against applicants based on their gender reassignment status. This involves avoiding any language or requirements that could be seen as discriminatory and focusing on the necessary skills, qualifications, and experience for the role. Employers should also provide training for hiring managers to help them recognise and avoid potential biases that may impact their decision-making.

Regarding career progression, employers must ensure that all employees, regardless of their gender reassignment status, have equal access to training, development, and promotion opportunities. Workplace policies should be in place to address any harassment or discrimination based on gender reassignment, and employers must ensure that all employees are aware of and understand these policies.

Key organisations & resources

Calendar events

National Inclusion Week

Founded by Inclusive Employers, National Inclusion Week (NIW) is a week dedicated to celebrating inclusion and taking action to create inclusive workplaces.

Learn more about National Inclusion Week

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

This campaign, led by the UN Secretary-General and UN Women since 2008, aims to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls around the world, calling for global action to increase awareness, promote advocacy and create opportunities for discussion on challenges and solutions.

Learn more about International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery marks the date of the adoption, by the General Assembly, of the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others (resolution 317(IV) of 2 December 1949).

Learn more about International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

Human Rights Day

In the decades since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, human rights have become more recognised and more guaranteed across the globe.

Learn more about Human Rights Day