LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — And when Jessi Dye informed the Alabama employer she was a trans woman, she was fired and told to leave the building. Dye asked the senior official if she was being fired because she was transgender and the answer was a confirmation.
That was nearly a year ago. However, in March, with the help of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), Dye filed a discrimination complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Now comes news that her former employer Summerford Nursing Home Inc., has agreed to a cash settlement with Dye and will adopt a new anti-discrimination policy and the official who fired Dye will undergo SPLC training.
Dye: “I hope by taking a stand about what happened to me, it will help others in the LGBT community realize they have a right to equal treatment.”
SPLC’s Sam Wolfe: “The nursing home has done the right thing by resolving this case short of federal litigation . . . no one should lose her job simply because she is transgender or because of some other aspect of who she is that has no bearing on job performance.”
Thumbs up to the SPLC and congrats to Jessi. Some news reports say the cash was sizable, which is fair, because not only her former employer called her a “what”, they also inquired about her sex and physical anatomy before firing her.
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