Eye Clinic Settles Transgender Discrimination Claim for $150,000
May 15, 2015 | Strategic Insights for Ambulatory Care
A Florida eye clinic has reached the first-ever settlement of a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) claim involving discrimination against a transgender individual, the agency has announced. According to EEOC, the clinic fired its director after she began to present as a woman and informed the clinic that she was transgender. Her performance reviews had been satisfactory throughout her employment, and she alleged that her termination was because her transition from male to female "did not conform to the employer's gender-based stereotypes," in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.