Legal news has just reported a victory in a landmark employment discrimination
case. The U.S. Office of Special Counsel has determined that the Department
of the Army engaged in “frequent, pervasive and humiliating,”
gender-identity discrimination against Tamara Lusardi, an Army software
specialist who transitioned from male to female. If you believe that you
have suffered any form of employment discrimination, it is critical you
consult with an experienced
Georgia employment discrimination lawyer immediately to determine your next steps.
In this instance, the worker was subject to severe discriminatory actions
during the time she transition from male to female. Improper conduct allegedly
included restricting her restroom usage, referring to her with male pronouns
and by her birth name and stopped giving her work. Additionally co-workers
and management allegedly call her “sir” and “it”
after she legally changed her name and began dressing as a woman.
Lusardi was also required to use a single-user, gender-neutral restroom,
out of concerns that other employees might feel “uncomfortable”
sharing a restroom with her.
The agency investigating this matter determined that coworker preferences
alone “cannot justify discriminatory working conditions,”
since it could reinforce the very stereotypes and biases that nondiscrimination
laws are intended to protect against.
For more information or if you believe that you have suffered any type
of employment discrimination, please contact the top
Georgia anti-discrimination lawyers at The Buckley Law Firm, LLP for an immediate consultation.