I was reading a trade industry article online and came across a question from another recruiter, I thought the question would spark a robust yet healthy dialogue. I would love to get your thoughts, read on….
Dear Staffing: Dude Dressed Like A Lady, Now What?!
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“I never, I repeat, NEVER thought that I would come across this issue in all my years of staffing but here I am and I haven’t the slightest what to do about it. I always told myself that it would not make a difference but now I am not so sure.
Yesterday I had an interview scheduled with Jasmine Delaney (name changed for anonymity). I had spoken to Jasmine on the phone and received her resume. I explained that I had a few openings in mind but the next step in this process was to have her come in to interview and get set up with the paperwork, that way I can begin to send her to clerical assignments that would best fit her experience.
She came in but she was a he dressed like a she. Silence. Awkward smile, then I pulled it together and treated her like an other applicant.
I think I held the interview with professionalism. We went through the typing test and personality test to have in the system. The employers I had in mind required it. I have some pretty laid back clients, some great people with a wonderful work environment but how do I know where Jasmine will fit in? I have no client that I know of who openly accepts transgender applicants.
There is no chance of Jasmine passing as a natural female. None.
I don’t want to discriminate but I don’t have any clients who wouldn’t laugh me out and call me up to ask me if this wasn’t a practical joke. At first I was thinking Jasmine would make a great internal receptionist but I know I would loose my job if I were to even suggest it now. What do I do? Where or how do I place a qualified office professional that happens to be transgender?
I’m at a complete loss. Have you ever heard of this and how staffing companies handle it? Are there transgender specific staffing agencies? I asked at work and my boss may not be the best person to ask, her answer was beyond wrong.
Please help, Wanting to do the right thing.”
Would love to know everyone's thoughts