Restrooms in Transition: Addressing Bathroom Access for Transgender Occupants - Webcast from Building Operating Management and Facility Maintenance Decisions
Restrooms in Transition:

Addressing Bathroom Access for Transgender Occupants

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Bathroom access for transgender individuals has become a very hot issue for discussion and litigation. Many transgender individuals – people whose internal sense of their gender is different from the sex they were assigned at birth – are now suing their employer, school, or landlord so that they can use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity. Complicating this issue, recent directives issued by federal agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration make clear that, in order to comply with federal law, employers cannot condition the right to use a bathroom consistent with one's gender identity by requiring transgender individuals to provide proof of surgery or some other medical procedure or by restricting a transgender individual to a single – occupant private bathroom.

This webcast provides you with guidance on transgender student restrooms and locker rooms, occupant complaints about transgender employees in bathrooms, and drafting – and implementing – written policies ensuring that all individuals, including transgender individuals, have prompt access to appropriate sanitary facilities.

Learning Objectives

  • Review recent litigation and policy updates regarding transgender and gender-specific bathroom and locker room facilities
  • Address the issue of providing transgender students restroom and locker room access consistent with their gender identity.
  • Discuss how to deal with occupants and employees who complain about transgender employees using common bathrooms.
  • Learn keys to drafting and implementing written policies ensuring that all individuals have prompt access to appropriate sanitary facilities.

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Presented By
Joseph Paranac

Joseph Paranac, Jr.

Shareholder, LeClair Ryan

Mr. Paranac focuses his practice on the representation of clients in employment litigations at the trial and appellate levels in jurisdictions throughout the country. In addition to court-based litigation, he frequently litigates before a variety of administrative agencies including the EEOC, NLRB, OSHA, OFCCP and DOL.

Mr. Paranac regularly handles discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, whistleblower and employment tort cases. In New Jersey, Mr. Paranac has litigated claims as varied as wrongful discharge, breach of contract, wage-and-hour, CEPA, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, and non-competition. He has extensive experience in counseling clients regarding the full gamut of employment-related issues including Union election campaigns, affirmative action compliance, employee grievance arbitrations, wage-and-hour compliance, drug and alcohol testing programs, family and medical leave issues, social media rules and employee privacy concerns. Additionally, he regularly advises construction contractors and owners concerning such issues as OSHA compliance, prevailing wage requirements and employee picketing.

Prior to joining Seiden Wayne, a predecessor of LeClairRyan, Mr. Paranac was a founder of Jasinski and Paranac, P.C., a labor and employment boutique which represented a wide variety of private and public sector clients.

Moderated By

Ed Sullivan

Editor, Building Operating Management Magazine

The information provided in this webcast does not constitute legal advice. Contact your attorney with respect to particular issues at your organization. Use of and access to this webcast do not create an attorney-client relationship with the presenter or Trade Press Media Group. The opinions expressed through this event are the opinions of the individual presenter and may not reflect the opinions of Trade Press Media Group.