Saks Says Trans Identity Not Protected By Title VII

Law360, New York (January 5, 2015, 4:22 PM EST) -- Saks & Co. has urged a Texas federal court to dismiss a discrimination and retaliation suit filed by a transgender former Saks Fifth Avenue employee who had accused the retailer of firing her for reporting a hostile work environment, saying transgender people are not protected by the Civil Rights Act.

In a motion to dismiss filed on Dec. 29, Saks argued that the essence of Leyth O. Jamal's retaliation claim is alleged discrimination and harassment based on her trans identity, which the luxury retailer says is not protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Therefore, the court must toss...

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