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Lambda Legal announced a landmark settlement for Cori McCreery, a transgender woman who was terminated from her job after she informed her employer that she would be taking steps to transition from male to female at work.

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JL A (281)
Thursday September 19, 2013, 5:58 pm
In My Own Words: Cori McCreery
by Lambda Legal
September 16, 2013

By Cori McCreery

When I was fired from my job at Donís Valley Market because I am transgender, it shook me.

I got my first job when I was 15 years old, and worked all throughout high school. As long as I can remember, Iíve always thought it was important to work and make a living. As soon as I could, I wanted to support myself. Asking for help isnít something I do very easily, and so I worked and earned my own living throughout college, too.

At Donís Valley Market, I was a very good employee Ė in fact, I had just been promoted and given a raise. I had known the owner for years; in fact, I had worked for him for four years at a different grocery store he owned back in 2000 to 2004. So, when he initially told me it was ok for me to come to work as my true self, I trusted that. I had already been living as a woman in every other aspect of life, and to go to work as someone else was not something I could deal with anymore. Working is so important to me, and being at there as myself was something I needed.

The day is a little foggy from the shock, but I remember being told that I was ďmaking other employees uncomfortableĒ and ďwhat would moms think?Ē I didnít know what to do. I trusted my boss, liked my job, I needed the pay check and I felt like my safety net had just been pulled out from underneath me. That was definitely a day when I knew I needed help.

Thankfully I have a close-knit and supportive family, as well as a tight group of friends. I talked it out with them, and immediately got to job hunting. Within a week, I got a different job at Target, and even though I didnít think of it as a permanent solution, I was hired openly as a transgender woman. What a relief it was to be working somewhere that already had policies in place for hard working employees like me!

Not long after I was fired, I called my best friend from high school. He was one of the first people I came out to as transgender, and I needed his advice. He recommended that I call Lambda Legalís help desk, and Iím so glad I did. Lambda Legal guided me through my options and they informed me that trans people are protected against workplace discrimination. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) investigates complaints on behalf of trans people like me, and working with Lambda Legal, I filed a complaint with the EEOC.

Iím thrilled that weíve reached a settlement and that this terrible chapter in my life has helped make a difference for all transgender employees. With Lambda Legalís help, as well as vital support from my nearest and dearest: Ashley Bob, Mercť Mueller, Jamie Goehring, Dusty Goehring, Lunora Hanson, Nick Van Asma, Dan Lennon, Ashley Kieffer, Carl Holloman, Ben Baughman and Holly Baughman. Iíve gotten through one of the most difficult times in my life and I can now look forward and focus on my future.

These days, I work full-time for a major airline, and they are another company that has policies in place to protect transgender employees. I enjoy it, and even though Iíve only been working there for about a year, Iíve already gotten a small promotion! With this job, I am happy and comfortable in my native home of Rapid City, South Dakota.

I'm thrilled that with Lambda Legalís help, we've reached a settlement, and that I can now look forward and focus on my future. Don's Valley Market is giving me a letter of apology, letter of recommendation, and is required to train their staff on workplace protections. And my case will be on public notice at EEOC as a message to business owners -- this terrible chapter in my life will help make a difference for transgender employees across the country.

I hope no one ever has to go through what I went through and Iím so thankful I reached out for help when I needed it. Maybe if someone out there is going through something similar, they will read about what happened to me and ask for help too.

Animae C (514)
Thursday September 19, 2013, 6:04 pm
Wonderful success story, big congrats Cori!

David C (25)
Thursday September 19, 2013, 6:11 pm
a " transition from male to female " about as much as the osprey brings the little babies

JL A (281)
Thursday September 19, 2013, 6:59 pm
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Kit B (276)
Friday September 20, 2013, 8:04 am

Being fired from a job is never easy, it rips out our feelings or self worth and our ability to support ourselves. Being fired for just being who we are born to be? That must be devastating, how different is that from being fired because you are born blonde? Thanks to Lambda Legal this suit might just send a message out there to other employers. Sure fire people because the business can not support the employee's salary, or for theft, incompetence, laziness, tardiness, we can understand that, this is morally reprehensible.

JL A (281)
Friday September 20, 2013, 8:28 am
Excellent summation Kit.
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Past Member (0)
Friday September 20, 2013, 11:16 am
What has you sex got to do with doing a job anyway Good for her

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JL A (281)
Friday September 20, 2013, 11:42 am
You are welcome Carol.
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alicia m (97)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 11:12 pm
noted, gracias, I am glad for her
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