New guidelines address needs of transgender, non-conforming and non-binary gender identity employees

Baker McKenzie has announced the implementation of its North America Gender Transition and Identity Guidelines, joining other leading employers in implementing a policy that addresses the needs of transgender, gender non-conforming and non-binary gender identity employees. The guidelines reflect best practices shared by organizations such as the Human Rights Campaign and the Transgender Law Center.

"We are proud of our steadfast efforts to advance an inclusive workplace that promotes diversity and inclusion," said Anna Brown, Baker McKenzie's North America Director of Diversity and Inclusion. "Gender transition and identity are important workplace equality topics, and we are delighted to implement guidelines that will increase awareness and support inclusion at our Firm."

The guidelines go beyond gender transition to include gender identity, as well as explain how managers and employees can support gender transition in the workplace. They also provide direction to relevant resources such as health insurance information, and practical matters such as restroom accessibility and appropriate use of pronouns.

"This is about proactively sending a message of support to the transgender community, and ensuring that everyone knows Baker McKenzie is a safe and welcoming place for transgender individuals to be their authentic selves," said Jennifer Fox Crisp, the Firm's Director of Global Talent Management in North America. "Many of our clients have already implemented similar policies, benefits and practices for transgender inclusion, and we are very pleased to join them."

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