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The Dallas Fed is Refusing to Adopt Transgender Workplace Protections

Less than two weeks after winning the fight to have DART offer domestic partner benefits, Resource Center Dallas is shifting its focus on a new target: the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

The bank, one of dozen independently run regional reserve banks, does not currently include transgender protections in its nondiscrimination policy, which reads like this:

The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas provides equal employment opportunity (EEO) without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, age, genetic information or disability.

In several letters to the bank's senior leadership, Rafael McDonnell, the Resource Center's spokesman and agitator-in-chief, has suggested adding "gender identity" to that list, as have the FRBs in Boston and San Francisco. So far, McDonnell has received a cool response from senior VP Tyrone Gholson, who wrote in an email that "the Bank is committed to equal employment opportunity and will include in its policies any categories protected by law" -- which doesn't include transgender employment protections and won't for the foreseeable future.

"It's baffling," McDonnell told the Dallas Voice last week. "Other branches of the Federal Reserve Bank offer fully inclusive employment protections. Many of the nation's largest commercial banks offer full LGBT employment protections. To be dismissed in an email, without responding to other attempts to contact, makes me wonder how truly committed FRB Dallas is to inclusively."

The Resource Center has gone the public-shaming route before, and it tends to work (see: DART, Parkland, Dallas County, DFW International Airport, ExxonMobil et al).

In other words, the Dallas Fed will eventually buckle and add gender identity to its non-discrimination policy. The question is when.


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