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The Obama administration sued a private business for discrimination when it wouldn’t allow a male employee to use the women’s bathroom.
Deluxe Financial Services settled for $115,000 in January 22016 ut denied it violated anti-discrimination laws by not allowing the man, who announced he was transitioning to a woman, into the women’s facilities and by calling him by male pronouns, the Daily Caller reported.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission disagreed and, last summer, sued for the employee who now goes by the name Britney Austin.
According to a press release from when the lawsuit was filed the man’s co-workers subjected him to a “hostile work environment,” by “intentionally using the wrong gender pronouns to refer to [him].”
The EEOC, along with Austin’s attorney Jillian T. Weiss, who specializes in transgender discrimination litigation, settled for $115,000 to be paid to Austin within five days, according to the Caller.
As part of the settlement, Deluxe Financial Services is also required to allow any future transgender personnel to use the bathroom of their choice and must prevent the “intentional misgendering of transgender employees,” according to the Caller.
Additionally, the company is required to ensure that “persons present at any of the Deluxe’s facilities and locations” — including customers — will not engage in “prohibited behavior” against transgender persons.
The settlement also required the company to expunge and destroy any “any poor evaluations, discipline, or discharge documents after September 1, 2010” from Austin’s personnel file and provide a “neutral reference” to any future “prospective employer” looking into hiring Austin.
Deluxe Financial is also prohibited from mentioning the lawsuit to any of Austin’s future employers, and was required to issue a letter of apology to him.
According to the EEOC, the lawsuit is part of the agency’s plan to “strategically enforce” laws against workplace discrimination.
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