Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2017-12-13
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor

  TODAY'S BUZZ

Social Security Administration no longer notifying employers about gender
From a National Center for Transgender Equality news release
2011-09-16

facebook twitter del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email


Washington, D.C. - The Social Security Administration (SSA) has confirmed that it has ended the practice of allowing gender to be matched in its Social Security Number Verification System (SSNVS). This will result in the immediate cessation of SSA sending notifications that alert employers when the gender marker on an employee's W-2 does not match Social Security records.

The extent of the problem was made crystal clear when NCTE's Freedom of Information Act request was answered showing 711,488 gender no-match letters were sent in 2010 alone. Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality says, "Ending this practice, which has endangered transgender people and our jobs, has been a priority for NCTE and we are pleased that the SSA has updated its policy."

Keisling continued, "Alerting employers about differences in someone's gender threatened people's jobs and did not accomplish what this verification system was designed for. There was absolutely no reason for it and it was extremely dangerous for transgender people, who still face significant disrespect, discrimination and violence in the workplace."

For years, transgender employees have been contacting NCTE seeking advice about how to manage the difficult position that the Social Security Administration had placed them in with their employers. "Many people have been able to retain their jobs, but not all of them," Keisling noted, "and not one of them should have been fired just because the Social Security Administration outed them at a workplace where someone was prejudiced against transgender people."

The Social Security Number Verification Service (SSNVS) allows employers to match their record of employee names and Social Security numbers (SSNs) with Social Security records for payroll reports. The notification letters alerted individuals and employers when information in a person's employment records is inconsistent with SSA's records for that employee. It was designed to ensure that people receive the benefits to which they are entitled and that they are using a valid Social Security number for employment purposes. Unfortunately, this unfairly impacted transgender people whose gender marker had not been changed with the SSA.

NCTE has asked the SSA to stop sending employers these notices, and today, the SSA has made great progress in fixing the complex systems that generate such notices. In the event that you or someone you know does receive a gender no-match letter in the future, please contact us.

While we celebrate the end of gender no-match letters, the SSA still has an outdated policy for changing gender markers in SSA records. To change gender markers, SSA requires an unfair, unobtainable and unnecessary standard for transgender people that include proof of specific sex reassignment surgery. Mara Keisling says, "These requirements, particularly surgery, are far too expensive for many transgender people and present a major financial hurdle for a group of people who already face significantly high levels of under-employment and unemployment." NCTE will continue to work with the SSA to make changes to this policy so that transgender people are able to update their information with Social Security and ensure that they have equal access to the benefits Social Security provides.

For more information or to speak with Mara Keisling, please contact Vincent Paolo Villano at 202-903-0112 / vvillano@transequality.org .


facebook twitter del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

LGBTQ-focused oSTEM holds seventh annual conference 2017-12-14
Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project launches to build community power 2017-12-14
HRC: Five Years After Sandy Hook, Time for Gun Safety Reform 2017-12-14
$1.35M in grants go to grassroots organizing by women of color, trans people of color 2017-12-14
Misinformation Nation, The Threat to America's Federal Data and Civil Rights in new report 2017-12-14
Experts recommend providing gender-affirmation treatment 2017-12-14
Nomination of Mateer withdrawn, right-wing leaning Willett confirmed 2017-12-13
Bermuda Senate Votes to Repeal Marriage Equality 2017-12-13
AG Madigan calls for delay on net neutrality votes, demands investigation 2017-12-13
Inaugural gender/justice symposium focuses on women of color 2017-12-13
World news: Couple tortured, 'Trans Day of Rage,' Bermuda marriage repeal 2017-12-12
National roundup: Trans Ariz. candidate, Kim Davis, Tinder date death 2017-12-12
Trans student talks fight to secure locker-room access 2017-12-12
Attorney discusses Cakeshop case at WBAI event 2017-12-12
HRC to honor trans trailblazer Grimm at conference on LGBTQ youth safety and inclusion 2017-12-12
Chicago police to wear body cameras 2017-12-12
ELECTIONS 2018 Newman hosts LGBT meet-and-greet 2017-12-12
Color of Change's Rashad Robinson on the work needing to be done 2017-12-11
Fed. Judges reject requested delay on trans military enlistment 2017-12-11
US Supreme Court Denies Lambda Legal Appeal of LGBT Employment Discrimination Case 2017-12-11
Gay Liberation Network hosts Palestinian-focused forum 2017-12-10
Court Filing: Trump administration distorting evidence to prevent trans enlistment 2017-12-08
Net Neutrality is worth fighting for now 2017-12-08
People protest Trump's Jerusalem declaration 2017-12-08
Trans Lifeline co-founder Chaubal appears before immigration-court judge 2017-12-08
Australia legalizes same-sex marriage 2017-12-07
Imprisoned trans woman seeks court order to protect her from assaults by guards 2017-12-07
HRC Calls on Congress to Reject NRA Gun Bill 2017-12-06
Jamie's journey: Vallas family supports transgender daughter 2017-12-06
VIEWPOINT My Black lesbian body is a target for police brutality 2017-12-06
BOOK REVIEW Transitioning Together 2017-12-06
Supreme Court cake argument, Kennedy leaning toward the baker? 2017-12-06
Lipinski opponent, the mom of a trans child, to host Sidetrack event 2017-12-06
ACLU launches #OpenToAll campaign before Masterpiece Cakeshop Supreme Court arguments 2017-12-05
National roundup: Texas race, another trans murder, World AIDS Day events 2017-12-05
World news: Marriage in Austria, U.S. envoy, Canada's payment 2017-12-05
Masterpiece Cakeshop Case up today, could have sweeping consequences for LGBTQs 2017-12-05
Another trans student sues Palatine district 2017-12-04
Supreme Court denies review in Turner v. Pidgeon, GLAD and NCLR respond 2017-12-04
New UN Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity appointed 2017-12-04
 



Copyright © 2017 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Submit an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.