A transgender woman is suing Chick-fil-a in Decatur, Georgia where she worked for four months after being fired for leaving during a shift.
Erin Taylor, 29, filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for Northern Georgia in late June. The lawsuit accuses her former employer of condoning a workplace that included "sexual harassment,” “discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation” and “retaliation.”
Taylor’s claims are based on a 2020 landmark Supreme Court case Bostock v. Clayton County, barring employers from discriminating against LGBTQ employees on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Taylor filed a discrimination charge with the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission in November 2021 after being fired. She told NBC News that she "transitioned about 3 years ago."
The trans woman alleges that after turning down the advances of a fellow coworker, his "vulgar advances and inappropriate body language intensified."
She claims that after reporting the alleged harassment to management, they revealed to the coworker that Taylor is a biological male, against her will. According to the lawsuit, after Taylor’s true identity was known to coworkers, they misgendered her. Taylor claims that she overheard coworkers make derogatory remarks about her.
"He came back of [sic] the meeting and returned to his post and started throwing things. He was cussing like 'I will beat that b's a,' Taylor relayed in an interview conducted by FOX 5's Alex Whittler, "He was saying this not directly to me face-to-face, but we're in close proximity … I knew he was talking about me."
Taylor says that management didn't take her allegations of sexual harassment seriously and that "the company's lack of action forced her to file a lawsuit."
She says the reported outbursts and threats still haunt her, but is unsure if the man who yelled them actually intends to do harm.
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