Judge fines private Ohio club for discriminating against transitioning worker

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Savanna DeLong (Photo: abc6onyourside.com)

THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — In what appears to be a final court settlement with owners of the private Columbus, Ohio, club Capital Club, a judge ordered the owners to pay a $1,000 fine for discriminating against a transgender employee. The case also happens to be Columbus’ first transgender discrimination claim.

Trans woman Savanna DeLong, previously a massage therapist at the club, filed a claim after the club quit using her when she announced she was transitioning. [Update: March 13, 2013 According to a different source, it was the city of Columbus that took action against the club, not DeLong herself. See the comments section below.] DeLong said that her intent wasn’t to ‘bring the company down’ but rather to educate. She is pleased with the outcome.

The owners pleaded no contest to the charges and a general manager agreed to diversity training.

Prosecutor Lara Baker-Morrish: “I feel that the Capital Club has taken responsibility, and I think that’s good.”

Very little additional info: Judge Hands Down Fine In Columbus’ First-Ever Transgender Discrimination Case | WBNS-10TV Columbus, Ohio.

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Savanna DeLong (Photo: abc6onyourside.com)

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Categories: Discrimination, Equality, Civil Rights, Judicial, Courts, Transgender, Transsexual, Trans

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5 replies

  1. well, 1000 is much too less, I think.

  2. Lexie, I am Savanna’s roommate. This was not something Savanna filed. This was a criminal case brought by the City of Columbus, based on their law. She has received no compensation for this act!!

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