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Last Updated: 05-Apr-2018 15:45
Every year, millions of Americans make difficult decisions
about their jobs when facing some of life’s most challenging
moments and significant events. Often, circumstances
require working people to take leave to care for themselves
or loved ones. Unfortunately, transgender and non-binary
Americans can face unique and magnified barriers that
make access to leave even more challenging.
An estimated 1.4 million transgender people live in
the United States, yet they are often unsupported
as members of the workforce in the absence of
comprehensive and fully inclusive paid leave.
Transgender and non-binary people, like other
Americans, are eligible for up to 12 weeks of parental,
family care, or medical leave only if they qualify under
the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). However,
FMLA leave is unpaid — rendering it an inaccessible
option for many trans and non-binary people.