KPBS: California Could Become First State To Mandate LGBT Training For Businesses

August 25, 2017

By Matt Hoffman

California lawmakers were in Hillcrest on Friday at the San Diego LGBT Center drumming up support for the Transgender Work Opportunity Act.

Introduced by State Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, the proposed legislation is designed to do three things:

–Include gender identity and sexual orientation training for supervisors.

–Require businesses to post transgender worker’s rights.

–Enroll transgender workers in job training programs.

"We've seen numerous stories of people being fired or they just leave because even though California has the strongest anti-discrimination laws, we know they are not being utilized or put into place by our transgender community," said Lara. "Many of them don't even know what their rights are."

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