Transgender Issues in the Workplace – D10

The Workplace Track
Labor and Employment Law Section

Session D: 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

This seminar will present a discussion of employment law issues presented by transgender employees. Employers and their attorneys need to understand these issues and more in order to mitigate the chances of discrimination and be sure they are in compliance with required accommodations.

You Will Learn:

  • About the current obligations of employers with respect to transgender employees
  • How to address transgender issues in the workplace


Joshua Goodbaum, Garrison Levin-Epstein Fitzgerald & Pirrotti P.C, New Haven

Attorney Goodbaum is a partner at Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti, P.C., in New Haven, where he represents individuals in employment and civil rights matters.

Josh serves on the Executive Committee and as Secretary of the Labor & Employment Section and on the Executive Committee of the Federal Practice Section of the Connecticut Bar Association.  He is also a proud member of the Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association (CELA).  He has written and spoken widely on a variety of topics related to employment law.

Josh was recognized by the Connecticut Law Tribune as one of its 2015 “New Leaders of the Law,” and he was selected as a Rising Star by the 2015 and 2016 editions of Connecticut SuperLawyers.

After law school, Josh served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Neil M. Gorsuch of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver, CO.  Josh earned his law degree magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was a Supervising Editor of the Harvard Law Review and Co-Chair of the Public Interest Auction.  He went to college at Yale University, graduating magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with a degree in history.  Between college and law school, Josh worked for an industrial supply distribution company in Chicago.




Jennifer L. Levi, GLAD, Boston MA

Attorney Levi is the director of GLAD’s Transgender Rights Project and a nationally recognized expert on transgender legal issues. She co-edited Transgender Family Law: A Guide to Effective Advocacy, the first book to address legal issues facing transgender people in the family law context and provide practitioners the tools to effectively represent transgender clients.

Jennifer has served as counsel in a number of precedent-setting cases establishing basic rights for transgender people, including: O’Donnabhain v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue which established that medical care relating to gender transition qualifies as a medical deduction for federal income tax purposes; Doe v. Yunits, in which she represented a transgender student denied the right to attend school because of the clothing she wore; and Adams v. Bureau of Prisons, which successfully challenged a federal prison policy excluding medical care for transgender inmates who came into the system without a transition-related medical plan, among many others. She also has worked on a number of high profile family law cases including the Miller-Jenkins case establishing full parental rights for a Vermont civil union spouse and cases in Connecticut and Massachusetts that established the right of same-sex couples to marry.

Jennifer is a law professor at Western New England University. She serves on the Legal Committee of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, and is a founding member of both the Transgender Law & Policy Institute and the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition.

Jennifer is a graduate of Wellesley College and the University of Chicago Law School and a former law clerk to Judge Michael Boudin at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit


Zachary D. Schurin, Pullman & Comley LLC, Hartford

Attorney Schurin represents local and regional boards of education, regional educational service centers, charter schools, municipalities, non-profit organizations, businesses and individuals in a wide-array of labor, employment, and education law matters.  He is an associate attorney in Pullman & Comley’s School Law Section, and in the firm’s Labor, Employment Law and Employee Benefits and Litigation Departments.

Zach has frequently written and spoken on education, labor and employment law issues.  His written work has been published in The Connecticut Law Tribune, The Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal, the Connecticut Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Quarterly, The CABE Journal and Pullman & Comley’s Education Law Notes and Working Together blogs.  He is a past-president of the Connecticut Council of School Attorney’s and is a member of the Connecticut Labor and Employment Relations Association’s steering committee.

Attorney Schurin is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law and Hamilton College.  Upon graduation from the University of Connecticut School of Law, Zach was awarded the Fleming James Jr. Award for excellence in labor law studies and the Connecticut Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section’s annual scholarship award.  While in law school Zach served as a legislative fellow in the Connecticut General Assembly’s Office of Legislative Research.   

CLE Credit:
1.5 Hours (AOP)