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Employee files suit over alleged discrimination

Unfortunately, far too many people continue to experience discrimination in the workplace and suffer because of employment law violations. From sexual harassment to civil rights violations, there are a number of issues that affect employees in Miami and across Florida. However, when an employee believes that they have experienced discrimination, employers can be affected negatively as well. For example, a worker may decide to sue their employer and business litigation can be devastating for companies.

A transgender woman filed a lawsuit against her employer after she was allegedly discriminated against because of her gender identity. However, her former employer recently claimed that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1965 does not protect transgender people who experience discrimination as a result of their gender identity.

The 23-year-old woman claims that she was harassed at work due to her gender and failure to conform to stereotypes. In her lawsuit, she accuses management of requiring her to use the men's bathroom and not permitting her to wear women's clothing or makeup. Additionally, she accuses co-workers of verbally attacking and threatening her.

When business owners want to protect their company from a lawsuit, it is important for them to closely evaluate their situation. After all, every case is unique and some business owners are unsure of what their legal options are and which steps to take next. Anyone who is in this position should take a close look at the details surrounding their case and may want to think about reaching out to a knowledgeable legal professional.

Source: New York Daily News, "Saks Fifth Avenue does not consider transgender employees protected by Title VII: lawsuit," Nicole Hensley, Jan. 14, 2015

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