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USA: Saks settles transgender discrimination lawsuit with employee

Author: Patrick D Dolan, Hinshaw & Culberton LLP in Employment Law Observer (USA), Published on: 11 March 2015

“Wilting Under A White-Hot Spotlight, Saks Settles Transgender Case,” 5 Mar 2015

Saks Fifth Avenue has settled a transgender discrimination case in Texas that garnered the company much unwanted attention…[The plantiff’s] attorney commented only that the parties "amicably settled the lawsuit" while Saks had no public statement about the settlement. So, what should companies learn from Saks' handling of…[this] issue?...First, make sure your employee policies are updated to provide the proper protection to all employees of various protected characteristics…Second, train managers and employees about being tolerant in the workplace. Third, instruct your managers and employees…about how to handle a worker's complaint about harassment. Fourth, stay current on workplace discrimination issues; transgender and gender identity protection as well as how to properly respond to accommodation requests by such employees (regarding bathroom needs and appearance issues…) are focal points of the EEOC [Equal Employment Opportunity Commission]. And lastly, even legal arguments that may be tenable in response to an employee's lawsuit may not be best for your company…

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Related companies: Hudson's Bay Saks Fifth Avenue (part of Hudson's Bay)