The employer, Don’s Valley Market in Rapid City, S.D., is to pay Cori McCreery $50,000 in a settlement reached between the two parties according to a statement from Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
McCreery was fired in 2010 after she told her employer she would be transitioning on the job. As part of the settlement, Don’s Valley Market is also to issue an apology and letter of recommendation for McCreery.
Lambda Legal’s Transgender Rights Project Director Dru Levasseur: “The days of firing people on the basis of their gender identity or gender expression have passed. “
Indeed. Not only we have the law, but there is now a precedent of trans people winning discrimination cases utilizing it. Human resource departments around the nation will be updating their policies to stay out of legal trouble.
Two months ago I wrote about the first victory: https://lexiecannes.wordpress.com/2013/07/16/historic-win-trans-woman-wins-claim-against-employer-using-civil-rights-act-of-1964/
More about the 1964 Civil Rights Acts and its application to trans workers: https://lexiecannes.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/whoa-eeoc-rules-on-job-gender-id-discrimination-violates-lbj-era-civil-rights-act/
More on the Cori McCreery settlement: Transgender Community Steps Closer to Employment Equality | TIME.com.
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