Transgender Man in Louisiana Wins in Employment Discrimination Case

By Adam Polaski • December 7, 2016 • 4:09 pm

Great news out of Louisiana today, where a transgender man, Tristan Broussard, prevailed in his federal complaint against Tower Loan, an installment loan company in Lake Charles. An arbitrator today, December 7, ruled that existing federal law prohibiting employment discrimination based on sex in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 also covers discrimination based on gender identity.

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The complaint was filed on behalf of Tristan Broussard by the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Altshuler Berzon LLP, and Delaney, Robb & Rubin.

NCLR reported about the case:

Tristan Broussard was hired as a Manager Trainee in Tower Loan’s Lake Charles Branch. During his first week on the job, he was called into a back office and instructed by a Company Vice President to sign a document stating that his “preference to act and dress as male” was not “in compliance with Tower Loan’s personnel policies.” When he refused to sign the agreement, Tower Loan fired him.

Put simply, the arbitrator ruled in Broussard’s favor because he was discriminated based on his sex – that he is male, and not female, as the company was forcing him to act.

This is a great step forward in Louisiana – and another win nationally in the ongoing fight to ensure that existing law prohibiting sex discrimination is also properly interpreted to prohibit discriminated based on sexual orientation and gender identity, too.

“I am very happy to have this ruling,” Broussard said in an NCLR release. “I just wanted to work hard and do my job and I hope this ruling will allow other employees the chance to do the same.”


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