Walmart discriminated against a trans employee, the EEOC finds

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has ruled that Sam’s Club, a subsidiary of Walmart, discriminated against a transgender employee, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The EEOC found that Jessica Robison was subjected to harassment and discrimination after she transitioned in 2014; when she complained, she was demoted and disciplined.

The Transgender Legal Defense fund represented her in the case; she will now negotiate a settlement under EEOC supervision.

“Ms. Robison was an exemplary manager, who was singled out by Sam’s Club simply for being a woman,” Jillian Weiss, executive director of TLDEF, said in a press release. “This EEOC determination is an important step on the path to finding justice for Ms. Robison. The ruling sends a strong message. No one should ever be targeted for discrimination on the basis of sex. The EEOC has put its weight behind Ms. Robison’s claims. We will continue our fight to get justice for Ms. Robison.”

Walmart received a perfect score on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index in 2016, and a 90 in 2014 and 2015.

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