LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is reaffirming her commitment to fight for inclusive treatment for all Michigan residents with a new department-wide transgender policy.
One of the objectives of the policy is to meet the needs of the Department’s transgender, intersex and non-gender employees by clarifying how the law should be implemented in situations where questions arise about how to protect the legal rights or safety of all employees.
The policy also strengthens the expectation that Department employees not only treat colleagues with dignity and support, but treat all transgender, intersex and gender nonconforming individuals who interact with the Department with the same respect.
For example, the policy note guidelines specifically:
- Employees must behave in a professional and courteous manner when interacting with co-workers, as well as members of the public, client agencies, opposing attorneys and their clients, professional litigants, etc., and must follow this policy when interacting with all employees. transsexuals, intersex, and non-gendered individuals while performing their job functions.
- Supervisors will ensure that this policy is adhered to by all employees. They will set the standard for courtesy and provide a model for your subordinates to follow.
“I wanted to enact this policy as a reminder that allowing all individuals to be authentic themselves is encouraged and supported in the Michigan Attorney General’s Department and to reinforce that discrimination will not be tolerated – in the office or while representing those for whom we fight in court and beyond,” Nessel said. “It is my hope that 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 deliberate and thoughtful actions. ”
The Department’s Transgender Policy also recognizes those who can transition on the job. Employees who receive treatment as part of their transition may use sick leave in accordance with applicable employer regulations.
Julisa Abad, Director of Transgender Advocacy and Outreach for Fair Michigan, and Erin Knott, Executive Director of Equality Michigan, made statements in response to the policy being enacted.
“Fair Michigan commends AG Nessel for making this important policy change that bestows dignity and respect on transgender, intersex and gender nonconforming people,” said Abad. “Our experience shows that these policies have a real impact on building trust and cooperation between the LGBTQ community and law enforcement agencies. The LGBTQ community can be assured that we have a true equality advocate on our side in our prosecutor -general. “
“Attorney General Nessel recognizes the gap that remains between the daily experiences of transgender, non-binary, gender fluid workers and their desired work culture. This new policy will ensure that workers feel respected and valued and that the public in Overall feel welcome and safe when interacting with the Michigan Attorney’s Office,” Knott said. “Equality Michigan applauds Attorney General Nessel for her continued efforts to combat discrimination and we hope her efforts will serve as a model for other agencies and departments to adopt.”
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