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Working with Transgender Employees: Creating and Maintaining Respectful Workplaces

December 6, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm


Unfortunately this training has been canceled. Stay tuned for rescheduled dates.


This training for Wisconsin businesses offers the unique opportunity to learn how to support transgender, non-binary, and gender-expansive employees in the workplace while ensuring effective overall workplace management. The dynamic, interactive session will explore the day-to-day needs of transgender employees and examine how employers can and are partnering with employees to keep workplaces safe and welcoming for employees and productive for employers. Topical issues – and best practices for addressing them – will be covered, including: employees who transition their gender; access to restrooms and other sex-segregated spaces; trans-inclusive insurance policies; employee privacy, bias or discrimination; and much more. Employers must be aware of their legal obligations both to transgender and other employees as well. The training will also offer easy-to-understand explanations of non-discrimination, disability (including accommodation issues), leave, privacy laws, and others.

The session is designed for managers and executives at all levels, human resources and diversity/inclusion professionals, labor and employment attorneys, in-house counsel, and anyone with an interest in ensuring that Wisconsin workplaces are respectful and inclusive of employees who identify as transgender.

The primary facilitator of this training is FORGE’s Strategic Project Coordinator, Shelley Gregory, J.D., a seasoned transgender rights policy advocate and former employment discrimination litigator.


Topics Covered:

  • Supporting transgender, non-binary and gender-expansive employees in the workplace
  • Trans-inclusive insurance policies
  • Employee privacy, bias and discrimination
  • Access to restrooms and other sex-segregated spaces
  • Employer legal obligations
  • Easy-to-understand explanations of laws relating to non-discrimination, disability, leave, privacy as they relate to transgender employees

Who should attend:

  • Managers and executives at all levels,
  • Human resources staff
  • Diversity/inclusion professionals,
  • Labor and employment attorneys,
  • In-house counsel,
  • Anyone with an interest in ensuring that Wisconsin workplaces are respectful and inclusive of employees who identify as transgender or non-binary

Primary trainer: Shelley Gregory, J.D.

Shelley Gregory, J.D., is the Strategic Project Coordinator for FORGE. They are a trans human, activist, and advocate who has worked with and for transgender and non-binary folx for nearly two decades. Gregory’s background is as a civil rights lawyer, having spent a dozen years representing underserved plaintiffs in labor and employment law matters in California and beyond in trial and appellate matters, and advocating to expand legal protections and improve quality of life for various underrepresented communities through policy reform advocacy.

Gregory’s work in the Midwest continues to include policy reform advocacy, direct service to transgender and non-binary individuals seeking services and supports for a wide range of issues, ranging from health care to employment. Gregory also furnishes assistance to service providers seeking to improve quality of care for our communities, and offers a range of informational and educational sessions for general and specialized audiences alike.

Gregory received a law degree in 2001 from Harvard Law School and returned home to the Midwest in recent years.



December 6, 2018
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Hyatt Regency
333 W Kilbourn Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53203 United States
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