Deluxe Financial Services Corp., a Shoreview, Minn.-based check-printing and financial services corporation, allegedly violated federal law by subjecting a transgender employee to sex discrimination, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) claims in a lawsuit. According to the EEOC’s suit against Deluxe Financial Services, Britney Erica Austin had performed her duties satisfactorily in the company’s Phoenix offices throughout a lengthy tenure there. However, after she began to present at work as a woman and informed her supervisors that she was transgender, Deluxe refused to let her use the women’s restroom. Supervisors and coworkers subjected Austin to a hostile work environment, including hurtful epithets and intentionally using the wrong gender pronouns to refer to her.
The lawsuit is striking because the Government asserts that Austin, who is male, is female.