A transgender woman in Houston is filing a lawsuit against Saks Fifth Ave. for discrimination and wrongful termination, according to an article by nydailynews.com.
Leyth Jamal said that her employer refused to use her preferred pronouns, forced her to wear men’s clothes and use the men’s restroom. She was also harassed and threatened with violence at her place of work, according the complaint. Jamal was eventually terminated for “inappropriate conversation” though the details of the alleged conversation were never released to her. A lawyer representing the retailer has said that, “it is well settled that transsexuals are not protected by Title VII [of the Civil Rights Act of 1965].” However, the motion was filed a week after Holder clarified that Title VII covers discrimination against gender identity, which includes transgender individuals.
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