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EEOC Loses Trial Over Rent-A-Center Firing Of Trans Worker

Law360 (May 18, 2018, 9:44 PM EDT) -- An Illinois federal jury found Friday that Rent-A-Center East Inc. didn’t illegally fire a transgender employee after she told the company she was transitioning, dealing a loss to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and its argument that the termination flouted federal anti-discrimination law.

The eight-person jury answered no to the question of whether Megan Kerr’s transgender status was a motivating factor in Rent-A-Center’s decision to fire her.

The EEOC had alleged in its 2016 suit that the company violated Title VII when it fired Kerr...
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US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Rent A Center East


Case Number

2:16-cv-02222

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Illinois Central

Nature of Suit

Civil Rights: Jobs

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Eric I. Long

Date Filed

July 18, 2016

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