California became the first state with a pro-trans employment scheme

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California has launched t program to help transgender people to find the job. A first in US history, the California Transgender Workplace Project aims to tackle transphobic discrimination and cut the unemployment rate among the transgender community.

The project has been started thanks to Michaela Mendelsohn, a trans woman who owns a number of franchises in Southern California. “The word’s just gotten out that I’m a trans owner supporting trans people,” she said. Until she hired her first trans employee in 2012, she was the only trans person in her restaurants. She decided action needed to be taken when she heard accounts of trans people being laughed out of interviews or being told the position was no longer available when turning up to meet the hiring managers.

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