A transgender woman who worked outside West Virginia finally feels that she has received justice. The woman claims that Deluxe Financial Services Inc. discriminated against her and subjected her to a hostile work environment. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a sex discrimination complaint on her behalf against the company in a federal court.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff was born a male and presented as such at the time of being hired. However, some time later, the plaintiff revealed that she was transgender. From that point on at work, she began to present herself as a woman.
She says her disclosure created a hostile environment, including her co-workers and superiors not referring to her as a woman. They are accused of making other painful comments, creating a hostile work environment for her. She alleges that she also was not permitted to use the women's bathroom.
The court determined that the woman had been the victim of sex discrimination and awarded her $115,000. The company was also required to issue the plaintiff a letter of apology, references for future employment, as well as make amends to its benefits plan to ensure there is no discrimination toward transgender individuals. In West Virginia and elsewhere, discrimination does not only relate to hiring, firing and promoting; it also includes the way in which workers are treated on the job, such as subjecting them to a hostile work environment. Aggrieved parties who speak out about unlawful behavior have the ability to seek justice for themselves and to potentially prevent it from happening to others in the future.
Source: christiantoday.com, "Judge orders company to pay $115,000 to transgender in U.S. sex discrimination case", Jonah Hicap, Jan. 25, 2016