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Wal-Mart and transgender employee settle discrimination claim

Texas employees may be interested to learn that Wal-Mart settled a discrimination lawsuit that had been filed by a transgender employee. The two parties filed a joint agreement to have the case dismissed in a federal North Carolina court. While the terms of the settlement were not disclosed, it was noted that the company admitted to no wrongdoing.

The employee began working at the location in March 2004. In 2008, she began presenting herself as a woman and was then fired in March 2015. She claimed in the lawsuit that her termination was in retaliation for complaining about harassment and for suffering from gender dysphoria.

She ultimately filed a lawsuit against the company in December 2017, claiming that her coworkers in the Kannapolis, North Carolina, Sam's Club store used discriminatory slurs in reference to her gender. The plaintiff also accused her male boss of referring to her as "it" and of subjecting her to unwanted physical advances. As part of the case, she accused the company of violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for discrimination based on sex.

It is illegal for companies to discriminate against employees based on their gender. If harassment or workplace discrimination is occurring, employees must report the incidents to the employer. If an employee reported incidents of discrimination but there is evidence that the employer did not take steps to resolve the issues, a legal claim may be necessary. An employment attorney may step in and negotiate a settlement between the employer and employee.

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