On December 27, Charlene Bost, a man who identifies as a transgender woman, filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina against Sam’s East, Inc. and Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. The complaint alleges the corporation “illegally terminated Ms. Bost in retaliation for her legally protected complaints, and/or because of sex and disability” in violation of the Titles I and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Bost, who is represented by the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, previously filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”). The EEOC issued several letters of determination in August 2017 upon finding evidence of discrimination and hostile work environment. Bost’s lawsuit seeks a declaratory judgement, an unspecified amount in damages, and an order compelling the defendant corporation to “institute and carry out policies, practices, programs, and training which provide equal employment opportunities for employees with disabilities” or “who are transgender and/or gender non-conforming.”