Edited by Adelina M. Broadbridge and Sandra L. Fielden
Chapter 29: Transpeople, work and careers: a queer theory perspective
This chapter demonstrates how transpeople face formidable work and career-related challenges and barriers in the workplace, including the accommodations that employers should make to ensure that transpeople are provided with a safe, discrimination-free work environment. Outlining some of the principal concepts associated with the study of transpeople in the workplace, this chapter examines how queer theory can be deployed as a conceptual resource to advance organizational research on transpeople’s multiple and sometimes conflicting desires and goals around gender transgression and congruency, work and careers. The chapter concludes by offering some observations on recommendations for improving the work lives of transpeople such as trans-inclusive policies regarding the use of changing rooms and male/female toilets, the importance of using appropriate gender pronouns when referring to transpeople, and providing ongoing support for employees who engage in processes of gender transitioning.
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