Maya Perez is suing Burlington Coat Factory in San Francisco for the physical and verbal abuse she suffered as a result of her gender identity. She alleges that she reported incidents of name-calling and unwanted touching to her supervisor and to the California Department of Fair Employment. When the company let her go last month, she suspected that it was retaliation for complaining. Perez wants her job back. She is also looking for punitive damages and expects Burlington Coat Factory be more sensitive to its transgender employees.
In 2004, California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act was expanded to protect gender identity. Since then, very few claims have been filed. California plaintiff-side attorneys say that now, in 2009, transgender harassment claims are still pretty rare.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle