Transgendering takes such courage. It’s terrifying to tell the world that you’re not the gender you were born to. It risks familial, friend, co-worker and love relationships. It exposes you to ridicule and danger. It disrupts your life. Yet transgender people know that the decision is as necessary, sometimes, as taking their next breath.
As hard as the decision to transition is, it shouldn’t put your work or your education in jeopardy, too. It shouldn’t expose you to abuse, intimidation or hostility on the job or in the classroom.
Whether you’ve begun medication or not, or whether you’ve begun to transition your outward appearance, transgender behavior and expression are protected from workplace harassment and a hostile, intimidating or abusive educational environment under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination.
The attorneys at Costello & Mains, LLC, and particularly the partners, have been prominently at the forefront of the protection of LBGT and GLBT people in New Jersey schools and workplaces. The firm has won settlements and verdicts in court for gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual people harassed in work and in school.