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Transgender man sues loan company after executive demands he ‘dress and act like a woman’

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Broussard is seeking damages against the company and a ruling that states Tower Loan’s actions and practices were unlawful.

His legal case is backed by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights group based in Alabama, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

Broussard, a native of Hathaway in Jefferson Davis Parish, said he hoped his case would send a message to other employers about treating transgender workers fairly.

“It takes one person at a time to take a stand,” Broussard said.

His case was previously reviewed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the commission ruled on Dec. 2, 2014, that discrimination had occurred. The EEOC declined, though, to pursue the case against Tower Loan.

Meanwhile, in another case, a central Florida eye clinic has agreed to pay $150,000 to resolve a discrimination lawsuit brought on behalf of a transgender employee who was terminated.

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The EEOC filed the lawsuit alleging the Lakeland Eye Clinic fired the employee after she started dressing as a woman and told her bosses she was transitioning from male to female. The commission says the termination violates the Civil Rights Act.

The settlement was approved by the U.S. District Court in Tampa on Thursday.

The commission says this is one of the first two lawsuits it’s ever filed alleging sex discrimination against a transgender individual.

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