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Hi Everybody!   I hope you’ve all had a great year so far and have at least some free time to enjoy the Holiday Season!  I can’t believe that it’s Thanksgiving week already.  It seems like the days, weeks, months and years seem to go by so much faster as I get older.  Like the saying goes…

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Anyway, I wanted to send out a quick blog post to let you all know about an exciting workshop I will be presenting in the first quarter of 2015.  Due to several requests from HEC members, I’ve decided to put together a half-day program discussing the different types of accommodations employers must provide their employees (applicants and volunteers) in the workplace.  The topics of discussion will include accommodations based on disabilities, religion, pregnancy, status as a victim of domestic or sexual violence, and gender identity and expression, as well as others

The seminar will be presented on the following dates and locations.  All sessions will be held from 9 am to 12 noon.  (Click for link to registration form.)

The program will be informative, interactive and (hopefully) fun!  You can register for the event by visiting the training section of the HEC website at http://www.hecouncil.org/all-training.  I hope you can join me and Happy Holidays!

 

 
Follow-up Interview with KHON2 on Public Accommodations Law

Just as I was about to step into a lunch meeting yesterday, I got call from Gina Mangieri saying that her story on the gender identity lawsuit garnered so much interest (and questions) from viewers, she wanted to immediately do a follow-up story on some related issues.  For this second story, she wanted to talk about access for transgender individuals to areas open to the public, including restaurants at private businesses, as well as locker rooms for gyms such as 24-Hour Fitness.  Therefore, I went to the KHON2 studios to meet with her to answer a few questions about Hawaii’s public accommodations law.

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During this interview, I explained that Hawaii’s public accommodations law prohibited businesses from discriminating against individuals on the basis of their gender identity.  In other words, a private business (that is open to the public) cannot refuse service to an individual on the basis that the individual is a transgender.   Specifically, Hawaii’s public accommodations law prohibits businesses from denying an individual “the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations of a place of public accommodation on the basis of race, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, color, religion, ancestry, or disability are prohibited.”  I also noted, however, that unlike the law on public accommodations for individuals with disabilities, the law is not entirely clearly on what types of accommodations must be provided to transgender individuals, if any.

You can view the news clip on KHON2′s website here:  Anti-Discrimination Law Doesn’t Specify Access for Transgenders.

On a side note, before we started our interview, I saw Joe Moore and Pat Sajak walking together through the studio.  Apparently, they are doing a play together at the Hawaii Theatre later this month.