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India Inc gets cool, makes space for the 3rd sex in its offices

in INDIA, 18/03/2013

A radical initiative by India Inc led by two companies in particular, Wipro Technologies and JP Morgan Chase, has opened up new employment options for the transgender community in India. For the first time these two companies have added the option for the third sex in their recruitment forms for Mumbai and Bangalore offices. The two companies are among several business powerhouses — such as Infosys, Google, Goldman Sachs — who have taken concrete initiatives to address the needs of their LGBT employees.

While JP Morgan Chase, the global financial services firm with investment, banking, retail and securities businesses, has added a ‘not specified’ option in the gender column in its application and recruitment forms, Wipro is to include ‘Others’ and ‘I do not wish to specify’ options apart from ‘Male’ and ‘Female’ in the gender section.

Human resources personnel reveal that they are not seeking the data just to know the sexual orientation or gender of potential employees, but to create a healthy working atmosphere sans discrimination and affinity groups in offices. They claim that the data would be kept confidential in line with the company policy.

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