Businesses Fire Employees Because Of Gender Issues

  • Sumo
customer service assistant on phone, by Flickr user ukCWCS, licensed by Creative Commons

Employee

According to the Huffington Post, A Michigan funeral home and a Florida eye clinic reportedly fired employees because they are transgender. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Home and Lakeland Eye Clinic violated federal law by discriminating on gender stereotypes.

At the funeral home in Michigan, an embalmer and funeral director, Amiee Stephens, was fired in 2013 after being employed for six years. She told her boss that she was transitioning from male to female and her boss fired her, according to the EEOC. In 2011, Brandi Branson was fired as the director of hearing services at the eye clinic in Florida. She was also transitioning to become a female and was subsequently fired.

Federal law “prohibits employers from firing employees because they do not behave according to the employer’s stereotypes of how men and women should act,” said EEOC attorney Laurie Young.