Mich. Department of Attorney General enacts department-wide transgender policy

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel.(WILX)
Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 4:58 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced on Thursday that her department has established policy for the treatment of transgender, intersex and gender non-conforming employees.

The policies are much the same as with any other persons, though they lay out clearly the definitions and expectations for those who may not be familiar with them.

One of the policy’s purposes is to address the needs of transgender, intersex and gender non-conforming employees by clarifying how the law should be implemented in situations where questions may arise about how to protect the legal rights or safety of all employees. The policy also underlines the expectation that employees of the Department will treat all individuals who interact with the Department with the same respect.

The guidelines of the policy made specific note that employees will conduct themselves professionally and courteously when interacting with fellow employees and members of the public, regardless of their gender.

“I wanted to enact this policy as a reminder that allowing all individuals to be their authentic selves is encouraged and supported at the Michigan Department of Attorney General and to reinforce that discrimination will not be tolerated—in the office or while representing those we fight for in court and beyond,” Nessel said. “It is my hope other agencies and offices across this great state will use this policy as an example of the work that can be done proactively to create an environment where all individuals feel respected, welcomed and appreciated. We, as Michigan residents, have the power to enact our own change through purposeful and thoughtful action.”

The policy also addresses a serious concern for some: Transitioning on the job. Under the new policy employees who are receiving treatment as part of their transition may use sick leave under applicable employer regulations.

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