A New Jersey state contractor license has allowed gay-Straight Alliance of New Jersey to use the restrooms at the company’s corporate headquarters.
The company had been working with the state’s Department of Health and Human Services to update its bathroom regulations.
The state’s new guidelines allow transgender people to use private facilities that correspond to their gender identity.
New Jersey’s Department Of Health and Community Services released a video announcing the license on Monday.
The video shows two employees of the company, who are male and female, using the bathroom at their workplace.
It was uploaded to YouTube by the group.
The new guidelines also allow transgender employees to use facilities that are not gender neutral, like the men’s restroom, the video shows.
“We welcome the opportunity to be part of this company’s growth in New Jersey,” said Kristina Taggart, vice president of marketing at New Jersey-based company Taggarts Companies, Inc. “The new restroom rules are a great first step and we look forward to further work on the policy in the future.”
A transgender woman walks through the bathroom of the Taggars’ New Jersey company in Newark, New Jersey, U.S., March 3, 2020.
The city council of Newark voted unanimously on Monday to pass a resolution that will allow transgender individuals to use public restrooms that correspond with their gender identities, and a similar resolution will be approved by the city’s city council in July.
Taggers company has had some controversy with the city of Newark.
In 2015, the company received a letter from the city saying the city violated federal and state law when it prohibited transgender individuals from using restrooms in public buildings.
The letter stated that the city “treats transgender people like any other person, regardless of their gender.”
“We have been in touch with the New Jersey City Attorney’s Office, who were very helpful,” Taggert said.
“They were willing to work with us and have an opportunity to review the situation.
We are very happy to be in business here.”
The company, which was founded in 2008, has more than 2,600 employees in the Newark area.
The owner of the New Brunswick company, Andrew J. Tashiro, told the Associated Press that he believes the state has the right to regulate restrooms and bathrooms for transgender people.
“This is about protecting the women and the men, not about discriminating against them,” he said.
In an interview with the AP, Tashirak said that he was unsure whether the city would allow transgender women to use their preferred bathroom, but that he did not oppose using public bathrooms that corresponded to their sex at birth.
Tasha Lefkowitz, a spokesman for the state Department of Human Services, told The Associated Press in an email that the department is working to “ensure all businesses and individuals comply with the law.”
“The department is actively monitoring the progress of this matter,” he added.
The American Civil Liberties Union of New York is among the groups that have sued the state over the bathroom rule.
“LGBT New Jersey is a thriving business, with thousands of jobs, thousands of visitors, and countless customers,” the organization said in a statement on Monday afternoon.
“It is disappointing that Governor Christie has taken a position that discriminates against transgender New Jerseyans and will hurt jobs and investment here.
The LGBT community is working with our partners to ensure the safety and privacy of our customers and employees.”