Equal Employment Opportunity Commission @EEOCNews v. Deluxe Financial Services, Inc. (USA)

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.