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Trans Ex-Employee Files Discrimination Suit Against Barnes & Noble

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Victoria Ramirez, a trans woman in Orange County, CA, filed a federal lawsuit against bookseller Barnes & Noble alleging that she was fired after telling her manager about her transition.

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According to The Advocate, Ramirez claims that she was barred from wearing women’s clothing, discussing her transition with her co-workers, using the correct pronouns and even told that she could not use the women’s bathroom. Her manager allegedly told her that Barnes & Noble was a “neighborhood store” and Ramirez should “think of the children.”

“I loved my job at Barnes & Noble,” Ramirez told the Transgender Law Center, which is helping her with her case.

“I put myself through college working there. I thought this company shared my values of hard work, integrity, and respect for all people. But when I came out as transgender, they didn’t live up to those values — instead they responded by mocking me and forcing me to hide who I really am.”

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The Advocate notes that Barnes & Noble has “touted its perfect score” on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for the past seven years. In a statement to the magazine, Barnes & Noble pointed to that score and said: “We are very proud to employ a large number of transgender individuals, whom, like all employees are treated with dignity and respect.”

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kathatherlee
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I guess it makes sense to sue the whole company (Honestly- I’m not sure how civil suits and torts and stuff work) but it sort of sounds like this maybe isn’t a corporate issue and more an issue at the store level with that manager? I know a friend of mine (who is a trans woman) has been working for B&N for years now- she made the move when Waldenbooks began it’s slow implosion- and she transitioned while in their employ and is now in a corporate position (she’s a LP officer for a district) She’s in a pretty liberal area, so maybe she lucked out in that particular bookselling fiefdom.

Regardless; best of luck to Ms. Ramirez- her manager sounds like an ass.