Verizon to Add Trans Protections for its Workers


Verizon Communications is expanding its employment non-discrimination policy to include “gender identity or expression,” and add trans worker protections to its existing, already sexual orientation-inclusive, protected classes.

This move was taken after the Unitarian Universalist Association filed shareholder resolutions with Verizon Communications urging the company to add such protections.


In mid-February, Verizon notified the UUA that it has agreed to adopt the policy, which provides protection to transgender people and those in transition.

“This is a significant victory for the UUA’s shareholder advocacy program,” said Tim Brennan, UUA treasurer and chief financial officer.

Verizon is the latest in a string of major corporations that the UUA has worked to persuade to add gender identity protection to its workplace policies. Over the past five years, the UUA has filed or co-filed shareholder resolutions at multiple companies that resulted in gender identity protection for more than 2.9 million employees, according to Brennan.

The UUA has been instrumental in having  several other companies adopt trans-inclusive language, including Walmart, The Home Depot, Travelers Insurance, Procter & Gamble, Family Dollar, Lowe’s, and Dr Pepper Snapple Group. The UUA either filed or co-filed a shareholder resolution with each of those companies.

You can read more about the UUA’s shareholder activism here.

Currently there exists no federal legislation that protects LGBTs in the workplace, leaving them vulnerable in hostile states.

A trans-inclusive Employment Non Discrimination Act (ENDA) could change that. Find out more about ENDA here.


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Mari Garcia
Mari Garcia5 years ago

good job on being tolerant and protecting your employees, but the "woman's phone" is just ridiculous

Deborah D.
Deborah D5 years ago

Glad to hear they added gender orientationexpression - I hope even more companies will follow without major lawsuits.

Shareholders CAN do some good...

Linda T.
Linda T5 years ago

This is a good thing that Verizon is doing now if they would just quite funding ALEC.

Chris M.
Chris M5 years ago

John M. you finally had a comment! Albeit a stupid one, but at least you didn't continue to take up space just so you can get some points to try to feel better about your ignorant, hateful self. Keep on trolling stand for nothing.

Thanks Verizon!

John Mansky
John Mansky5 years ago

You are WHAT you are,NOT what you THINK you are!!!Look,I am a firetruck!!!

Joe R.
Joe R5 years ago

Way to go Verizon!

jayasri amma
jayasri amma5 years ago

Thanks, Verizon. Now we need federal legislation.

Barbara DeFratis
Barbara DeFratis5 years ago

Thank you for the post and for giving me another reason to be glad that I still have my Verizon cellphone.

Beth M.
Beth M5 years ago

Thanks, Verizon. Now we need federal legislation.

Masha Samoilova
Past Member 5 years ago