• Louisiana Transgender Employee Wins Employment Discrimination Case
  • February 10, 2017
  • Law Firm: Breazeale Sachse Wilson L.L.P. - Baton Rouge Office
  • Tristan Broussard, a transgender former employee of an installment loan company in Lake Charles, Louisiana recently won a sex discrimination claim against his former employer. Broussard filed a federal complaint in April 2015, claiming the company fired him after learning he was a transgender man. An arbitrator ruled that the company discriminated against Broussard "because of his sex" in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. According to Broussard, he was called into a company vice president's office during his first week on the job and instructed to sign a document stating that his "preference to act and dress as male" was not "in compliance" with the company's personnel policies. The arbitrator found that, in order to "escape an intolerable and illegal requirement" Broussard involuntarily resigned. Courts across the country have begun recognizing transgender workers as being protected under Title VII, which prohibits sex discrimination. Under the Obama administration, the EEOC has also made it clear that employers cannot fire or refuse to hire employees because they are transgender.