Julienne Goins, a transsexual, claimed that West Group discriminated against her based upon her sexual orientation by designating restrooms and restroom use on the basis of biological gender, in violation of the Minnesota Human Rights Act (“MHRA”). Goins also claimed that such discrimination created a hostile work environment. The Supreme Court of Minnesota held in 2001 that an employer’s designation of employee restroom use based on biological gender is not sexual orientation discrimination in violation of the MHRA.

Goins v. West Group