Well, today turned out well. I got some work done (I’ve had a bit of a quandry with some lab work and have been fiddling with it on and off as ideas hit). I also got a nice cigar review done and have been working on a new security article as well as work for a potential novel. Now, don’t get excited about that. I often get ideas but never finish the follow through because I get distracted.
That said, I did get to talk to HR and it does sound promising that they’ll work with me. The visa stuff will be easy: I just need to do the name change, get my new passport and they’ll get an amendment made to the visa. I suspect I’ll have far less hassle with doing just a name change than I would with a name change and gender change. As for the regular HR stuff, I know that I’m protected by both California law (where the company is headquartered) and NY law (where I’m located). They’d have to have justifiable reason to fire me (e.g., not performing well enough — this would be largely based on what customers review and thus far, the reviews have been good with not a single comment about changes) or they’d have to let me go with a severence package (unlikely given what they’ve spent thus far and the investment they seem to put into me to look after various projects).
Since the HR rep is new she’s going to check with her boss and call me Monday. She wants to see what, if anything, the company has done before. As far as I know, however, I’m the first to transition on the job with the company. I can appreciate she wants to do it well and I’m glad I approached them before I did the name change (likely will be in the earlier part of the new year that it happens). This will give us enough time to work together and put together an action plan on how to address colleagues questions as well as how to announce it and who to announce it to. The colleagues in the department I work with would definitely have to know and I’d personally contact friends in my former department. Other than that, really, no one else needs to know (well, the New York City facility I teach at regularly would have to be notified but that I can do myself).
I will have to make it clear to everyone that while I’m really open and will answer pretty much any question put forth, other transgendered or transsexual individuals may not be. Perhaps I’m too optimistic but so far, the company has been pretty good about all aspects of my life. I’ve come to believe that they truly believe in the concept of “work/life” balance and respecting each other based on abilities and not letting things we don’t agree with in regards to another’s personal life affect how we view them.
Eh. I guess I’ll see but for now, it’s all good and moving forward.