The Trans Crossroads – Trans People’s EU Employment Rights and National Gender Recognition Laws is a Toolkit transcrossroads_cover& Call for Action.

Trans people’s difficulty in accessing employment and occupation, as well as problems with keeing a job, is acute across Europe. Only 51% of trans people are in paid employment in comparison with 68% in the general population, found the Fundamental Rights Agency.

This publication builds on TGEU’s previous work on anti-discrimination and legal gender recognition in Europe.

It provides an overview of current EU employment equality legislation tackling discrimination against trans persons and gives an analysis of how current national legislation regulating the change of names and gender markers on official documents of trans people impacts their enjoyment of employment and citizenship rights.

This document also provides a checklist to assess whether member states have adequately implemented EU law as it applies to trans people, and outlines current good practices across the Union.

The end of this document also contains six sets of recommendations setting out concrete action items for the EU, governments, companies/employers, trade unions, equality bodies, and trans rights organisations.


Download the toolkit.



The Checklist spells out government obligations for a proper implementation of EU Employment law for trans people (Gender Recast Directive 2006/114/EC). It also provides a set of current good practices already implemented to  serve as a stimulus to go beyond these minimum standards.

Trans Employment Checklist

Download the checklist.


Download our specific recommendation sheets for Trans Employment Rights:

10 things the EU can do

10 things governments can do

10 things companies & employers can do

10 things trade unions can do

10 things equality bodies can do

10 things trans civil society can do


This publication has been produced with the financial support of the PROGRESS Programme of the European

Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of Transgender Europe and can be
in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Commission.

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