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Transgender worker files employment discrimination claim

Most transgender people wish to go through the transition process quietly, and they expect that their workplace environment will not change. A Florida transgender woman who was employed by Starwood Resorts claims that her transition subjected her to employment discrimination and mistreatment. She is hoping that her case will help other transgender people realize that the law can protect them from illegal behavior.

When the plaintiff was hired in as a banquet server in 1998, she was a male. In 2005, she made the transition and was hoping to keep her sex change quiet. She claims that she would have been able to do so because of the type of work that she did if it were not for her supervisors still referring to her as a male.

She claims that after she had her name legally changed, she went to human resources to have her paperwork updated. After her request, she alleges that she began to receive less hours than newly hired employees. Furthermore, she was not allowed to use the women's restroom and was told to use a facility that was not easy to access because it was through a storage room and behind a locked door.

The woman filed an employment discrimination claim against the Florida resort that she hopes will alert people to the way that transgender people are being treated. The resort made a statement that it supports the LGBT community and wants to be an example of a properly integrated workforce. Similarly situated employees who feel that they have been discriminated against due to a protected status have legal options available to protect them.

Source:, "Transgender Florida woman files lawsuit against hotel", July 10, 2015

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