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Transgender woman claims she suffered harassment at Walmart

A survey of transgender individuals resulted in 90 percent of them saying that they suffered from harassment and other disparate treatment because of their gender identities. A former employee of Walmart, outside of Florida, alleges that she faced harassment and discrimination at the hands of one of her superiors. The woman wishes to bring her case forward on behalf of herself and other similarly situated Walmart workers.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff worked for the company for a year before revealing that she was transgender. After her disclosure, she began to present herself as a woman at work, including changing her name badge to reflect her female name. She claims that none of her co-workers gave her any problems and she did not receive any disciplinary action for poor performance. Once the plaintiff was placed under a new manager, she alleges that everything began to change.

The plaintiff claims that her new manager used the term "tranny" to describe her. This word is considered highly offensive among transgender individuals. Her manager purportedly also continued to call her by her previous male name as well as make other harassing remarks. Suddenly, the plaintiff noticed that she was under more scrutiny and began to receive disciplinary action although her non-transgender co-workers apparently did not. Ultimately, the plaintiff was fired.

The woman's discrimination complaint was filed against Walmart as well as the offending manager. She seeks to be reinstated and to be awarded lost wages. It is the plaintiff's hope that her case will prevent other transgender employees from suffering harassment and abuse going forward. Unfortunately, many workers in Florida and elsewhere are the victims of discrimination, and those who feel that they may have a case should consult an experienced legal professional.

Source: thinkprogress.org, "Transgender Woman Sues Walmart, Manager She Says Harassed And Then Fired Her", Bryce Covert, Oct. 14, 2015

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