Trans woman sues Amazon for harassment and physical threats

Share
Trans woman sues Amazon for harassment and physical threats

According to the lawsuit filed in federal court in Kentucky on Wednesday, Allegra Schawe-Lane was called "shemale" and referred to as a "crossdresser" by colleagues.

Dane Lane and Allegra Schawe-Lane applied to work at an Amazon warehouse in northern Kentucky in October, 2014.

Amazon Studios recently produced "Transparent", a film featuring a transgender protagonist, and has supported transgender rights in other court cases, noted Jillian Weiss, the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund executive director.

Amazon declined to respond to the allegations, saying in an email, "We have a practice of not commenting on active litigation". Schawe-Lane said he initially wanted to get a job at Amazon because of its LGBT-friendly reputation, as well as its policy prohibiting sexual and gender discrimination.

"We have a company that touts its transgender friendliness", Weiss said.

Dane Lane says they're suing because they want justice. "Every day, I'd wish it was "Candid Camera" and someone would pop out and say it was all a joke". The warehouse improperly calculated her hours worked, resulting in lost wages, and refused to correct their work when she complained.

Two months before resigning, they filed discrimination charges with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The couple is seeking damages, the amount of which will be determined by the judge if the case proceeds, as well as new programs to address how to respectfully treat transgender employees. The Freedom Award is for "extraordinary contributions to the advancement of transgender rights".

The lawsuit says Amazon violated Kentucky and federal laws banning discrimination based on sex in the workplace.

Management also participated in the harassment, refusing to use Schawe-Lane's first name and instead using her first name from before she transitioned, which they also printed on her ID badge.

Aside from their experience at Amazon, the couple said they generally feel accepted in their community and have no desire to leave Kentucky.

They quit Amazon in 2015 after the incidents took place.

Share

Advertisement

Related Posts

Warriors Potentially Targeting Paul George In 2018
He might be taking an unexpectedly large discount this year, but that'd be a monumentally large sacrifice by Durant next year. A little perspective: The salary cap projects to be $102 million next summer, but it won't be determined until then.

Learnt dancing by looking at actors: Rajkummar Rao
The romantic comedy is directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari and produced by Nitesh Tiwari , Shreyas Jain and Rajat Nonia. The movie features Rajkummar Rao, Ayushmann Khurrana and Kriti Sanon in the lead roles.

General Electric Company (GE) Issues Quarterly Earnings Results
The stock of Korea Electric Power Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:KEP) earned "Equal-Weight" rating by Morgan Stanley on Tuesday, June 21. Waverton Investment Management Ltd sold 21,765 shares as General Electric Co Of America Com Us$0.06 (GE)'s stock declined 7.64%.

Disney To Start Own Online Video Streaming Service In Competition With Netflix
It plans to launch an ESPN-branded sports streaming service in 2018, with a general consumer service following the year later. If Disney's direct-to-consumer platforms are successful, Greenfield anticipates that will accelerate ESPN's demise.

Firework tossed into South Florida Wendy's explodes near worker
The footage shows a worker sitting at a table in the fast-food eatery when the door is opened and a lit firework is tossed inside. The incident happened around 10 p.m. on July 5 at a Wendy's in Deerfield Beach.

'The Crown' Season 2 Gets Premiere Date, First Look
The Queen appears to be fitting her role with more confidence this season, which will reportedly cover the years from 1956-64. Just in time for. dare we say it.

International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) Lifted to "Buy" at Vetr Inc
Nadler Financial Group Inc. increased its position in International Business Machines Corporation by 14.1% in the first quarter. Several other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in IBM.

Arsenal and Liverpool in transfer battle for Brazilian attacker Luan
Sport Express have reported Luan's move to Spartak has stalled due to a disagreement in talks between Gremio and Spartak.

Cleveland Browns vs. New Orleans: How to watch, listen to the game
Peterson hasn't said definitively that he will play this preseason, but suggested on Saturday that he's interested in the idea. The Browns open the preseason on Thursday against the Saints at FirstEnergy Stadium .

SA Uber drivers can now choose to accept or decline cash trips
Many have previously complained about the cash trip method because they believe it exposes them to robberies and hijacking. The chat window will also show the driver's name, vehicle type, and the plate number.

© 2015 ExpressNewsline. All Rights reserved.