Wisconsin residents may be interested in the recent outcome of a lawsuit involving a transgender employee. After proving that she was unfairly discriminated against, the 29-year-old grocery store worker received a $50,000 settlement. The victory is one of a handful of other litigation victories won by transgender victims of gender discrimination in recent years. The cases have all stemmed from the Macy vs. Holder ruling, in which the Supreme Court established that gender identity is protected under the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
In general, transgender individuals experience a much greater amount of discrimination on the job. As a result, many suffer from an increase in unemployment and poverty after making their new identities known to employers. Although Title VII may help some victims of discrimination to find justice, it is often hard to prove that discrimination took place. Many people believe that the passage of more targeted legislation would help even more.
Because filing a civil rights lawsuit can be complicated and drawn out, many victims of discrimination may want to consult with an experienced attorney. A lawyer who is well versed in employment law may be able to help such a person reach a settlement in a shorter period of time. A lawyer may also help the client gather witness testimony and evidence that may prove that discrimination took place.
Source: Huffington Post, "Workplace Discrimination Against Transgender Individuals: It's Time for ENDA", Parker Marie Molloy, September 20, 2013