In April, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced that it was taking the position that employment discrimination against transgender individuals is a form of sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. And according to a recent report by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), some companies are already stepping up to the plate, changing their existing health care plans to include transgender individuals.
The HRC’s annual corporate equality index, which measures how large companies treat lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees, recently reported a significant increase in companies that offer benefits to their transgender employees. In 2011, the report says, 85 companies offered these benefits. This year, however, that number jumped to 207—more than doubling.