Employer Will Pay $150,000 to Resolve Transgender / Sex Discrimination Lawsuit

  19 September 2014

Lakeland Eye Clinic, a Lakeland, Fla.-based organization of health care professionals, will pay $150,000 to settle one of the first two lawsuits ever filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleging sex discrimination against a transgender individual.

Lakeland has also agreed to implement a new gender discrimination policy and to provide training to its management and employees regarding transgender/gender stereotype discrimination. According to David Lopez, EEOC General Counsel, "This historic settlement is significant…It not only is one of the first two lawsuits ever filed by the Commission alleging sex discrimination against a transgender individual, but it also solidifies the EEOC's commitment to enforcing the rights of transgender employees secured by Title VII." The EEOC had charged that Lakeland Eye Clinic terminated its Director of Hearing Services after she began to present as a woman and informed the company that she was transgender, despite the fact that the employee had performed her duties satisfactorily throughout her employment. Read more here. 

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