The Complete Guide to Transgender in the Workplace
by Vanessa Sheridan
July 2009, 253pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-313-36584-3
$55, £43, 48€, A76
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In 2000, three Fortune 500 companies included gender identity in their employee non-discrimination policies. Today, more than 150 have adopted such policies. State and municipal laws protecting transgender persons from discrimination are likewise enacted with increasing frequency. These numbers mark a significant cultural shift—and a notable workplace trend.

In this groundbreaking work, an expert in transgender explains practices and policies that will lead to a healthier, happier workplace.

As The Complete Guide to Transgender in the Workplace demonstrates, there is a strong business case for treating transgender workers with dignity. Its tips, guidelines, and policy examples will help organizations enhance the bottom line, while keeping the workplace harmonious. The most in-depth and informative volume on transgender workers ever written, the book offers useful tools, practical information, and a variety of resources that will enable business leaders and organizations to deal effectively with the transgender phenomenon. It will also help workers struggling with their identities and will give strength to those who are secure, but have yet to come out.

There is no doubt that this guide will become the leading resource for every business owner, CEO, manager, HR/EEO professional, and transgender worker. Better yet, it will improve the cultural climate and quality of life for transgender workers and the organizations that employ them, resulting in increased productivity and improved profitability.


  • Includes useful tools managers and policymakers can institute in any organization
  • Notes policy examples from successful organizations
  • Provides an agenda for training on transgender issues
  • Offers resources for further guidance on transgender issues
Vanessa Sheridan has been researching, writing, and speaking about transgender issues on a national basis since 1991. As a corporate consultant, speaker/presenter, and transgender awareness trainer, she works with client organizations to provide practical information and helpful resources on transgender in the workplace. Her published works include Crossing Over: Liberating the Transgendered Christian and Transgender Journeys.


"The Complete Guide to Transgender in the Workplace is an awesome resource. It has helpful information for people who are unfamiliar with transgender issues, but it’s also a useful tool for those of us who know about transgender issues but want to do more as an ally."—Queercents, September 14, 2009

"Vanessa Sheridan’s comprehensive guide for employers, coworkers, and transgender individuals in the workplace marks an invaluable resource in a field where many gray, confusing areas still exist. 'Transgender' is a concept that frequently is difficult to understand, sometimes even for the transgender individual, so it is both calming and instructive to see it discussed so thoroughly and clearly as Sheridan has done. The book has explanatory chapters on being transgender; what it means for that individual, and for those sharing the same workplace; how to work with and for transgender customers; and what legal protections are currently in place for the transgender worker. It has tools for coming out at work and for organizational leaders."—Lavender Magazine, October 13, 2009

"Sheridan has been researching, writing and speaking about transgender issues for nearly 20 years, and she has created this practical guide for managers, human resource professionals and policymakers who must deal with the increasing numbers of transgender persons entering the workplace. The author provides a list of effective tools based upon policy examples from successful organizations that are designed to improve the cultural climate, quality of life and opportunities for these individuals. Appendices include self-quizzes, case studies and a copy of IBM’s equal opportunity policy."—Reference & Research Book News, November 1, 2009
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