LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — A week after trans man Tristan Broussard started working for Tower Loan in Lake Charles, Louisiana, the company’s vice president, David Morgan, told him they were drawing a line – comply with the female dress code or quit.
Broussard previously disclosed his trans status to his manager and was assured then he need not worry about it. However, after the meeting with Morgan, Broussard choose to quit. Morgan did tell him that if he had surgeries showing visible results, the company may rehire him.
This was two years ago. This week Broussard filed a lawsuit citing Title VII of the Civil Rights Act — both the Justice Department and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) have recently cited the act to apply to trans discrimination cases. The EEOC was involved in the Broussard case following his termination, but the Southern Poverty Law Center and National Center for Lesbian Rights are the main parties backing Broussard this time around.
Broussard told Buzzfeed: “It takes one person at a time to step up and say this isn’t right. It doesn’t matter how you’re dressed and presenting yourself — that has nothing to do with your work.”
Southern Poverty Law Center’s Sam Wolfe: “We have a young man who is finally able to get a job — a job that held so much promise for him to have financial security — and the employer turns around and fires him. And we know this type of discrimination is widespread.”
t/h: Dawn Ennis
In this earlier article I wrote, the SPLC helped another trans man: https://lexiecannes.com/2013/11/18/southern-poverty-law-center-forces-texas-school-district-to-yield-to-transgender-student/
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