Valeria Jones (USA)

Portland attorney Donel Courtney

An attorney has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a woman who claimed she was damaged because her co-workers referred to her as a woman, even though she “identified” as “gender neutral.”

Portland attorney Donel Courtney says his client, Valeria Jones, identifies as neither female or male. Despite this, co-workers at Bon Appetit Management Co. continued to use their eyes and see her  as a female even though she repeatedly asked them to stop. Specifically, those co-workers repeatedly called Jones “miss,” “lady” and “little lady” despite explanations that Jones “was not a female or a male and that the term was unwelcome.” Workers also directly said Jones looked like a woman (because she is a woman) and made female celebrity comparisons.

The lawsuit, filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court, says Jones preferred to be addressed by a general neutral pronoun. The suit doesn’t identify the term, so it is unclear if she uses “zie” or “they.” According to the suit, Jones began working in March 2013. When Jones filled out an application, Jones left blank a question asking about male or female identification. During the next few months, Jones spoke with managers about her personal preference — asking them to address employees as a group and present to employees information about gender identity.

“Plaintiff cried regularly at work and at home during this time,” the suit states.

According to Courtney, Jones’ hurt feelings about this is worth half a million dollars.

3 thoughts on “Valeria Jones (USA)”

  1. According to this article, Jones began working in March 2013. So, Jones works at a catering company for less than a year and sues for over half a million because Jones wasn’t called “they”, “ze”, “hir”, ” agender”, “non-binary”, “gender fluid”, or whatever. I never understood “ze” or “hir”. When should I use “ze”, and when should I use “hir”? I thought “they” mean just they. Companies can’t afford to get it wrong. Isn’t this person female? If a human being is born a biological female, she is still female. Don’t call females “miss” or “lady” because it’s offensive and down right mean. We will sue the company for $18,000 in lost wages and $500,000 for emotional suffering.

    Nothing in this article states that this individual has an actual disorder of sexual development. Disorders of sexual development (intersex) are not the same as transgender or gender neutral. DSD are rare genetic and medical conditions whereas “gender neutral” is a culturally constructed word. Physically, the vast majority of people who identify as “gender neutral” are no different than other people. If this person wanted to, “ze” could change identities at any time. People can’t change their race, actual biological sex, or a genetic condition, but people can and do change identifies. It just gets more complicated because they always change the definitions, and we are expected to keep up with it all. Ten years ago, no one even heard the term “non-binary”. Ninety per cent of the population has no clue as to what “ze” or “hir” means.

    Employers don’t have to put up with this neither does anyone else. If everyone stopped pandering to this nonsense, it would stop. There is nothing they could do about it.

  2. Oh yeah let’s invent new words then get mad when the PUBLIC doesn’t play along. SCAM. And the CLUE of the SCAM is insistence on using made up words. A NORMAL serious person would chose “THEY” and not expect this poor company to be responsible for playing gender word cop for, essentially the entire city who THEY may come into contact with.

    Cut the CRAP, and fame hoaring. .

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