The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently settled a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of Jonathan (De’Ashia) Wolfe, a man who identifies as a transgender woman, against Bojangles Restaurants, a corporation operating a chain of fast-food restaurants.
The lawsuit alleged Bojangles violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when “subjected a transgender employee to a hostile work environment because of gender identity” and subsequently “fired the employee in retaliation for reporting the sexual harassment.” Wolfe claims to have been “repeatedly subjected to offensive comments about her gender identity and appearance” and that managers demanded Wolfe “behave and groom in ways that are stereotypically male since Wolfe was born male.”
According to the settlement agreement, Bojangles agreed to pay Wolfe $15,000 and provide annual live-presenter training on Title VII’s prohibition against discrimination “to all specified area directors, unit directors, assistant unit directors, and shift managers” and “to report to the EEOC any complaints of harassment based on gender identity or gender expression at specified restaurants.”
Bojangles’ To Pay $15,000 To Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit